A guide to Three roaming SIMs

A guide to Three roaming SIMs


Jola’s Three Multi-network SIMs allow you to choose the number of networks a SIM has access to in a single country or, for SIMs that travel across borders, in multiple countries.

 

Different countries have a different number of networks available; some will only have one, others will have multiple potential networks available.

 

You choose the price that you pay based on the number of networks in the number of countries that you want the SIM to operate.

 

There are 3 scenarios where this can be very useful:

 

Scenario 1 -  Static SIMs (or SIMs that travel but reside in a single country)

 

You may be supplying:

 

·       A customer that has a single site or multiple sites in a single country.

·       A customer using SIM(s) in devices that travel but reside in a single country.

 

Taking Austria as a random example, there are 3 networks available, one in each of the first 3 different pricing bands (there are 9 pricing bands in total):

 

Country

Roaming Operator

Price Band

Austria

3 Austria

T1

Austria

A1 Telekom Austria

T2

Austria

T-Mobile Austria

T3

  • The location of the site might mean that it has a good signal with ‘3 Austria’.  If the consequences of the site having an outage because ‘3 Austria’ has a problem are minimal, you might order the ‘T1’ tariff with the amount of 4G data that they need.
  • The specific location may not have access to ‘3 Austria’.  Alternatively, it may have access to ‘3 Austria’ but the customer might want the resilience of being able to access multiple networks.  In this scenario they may order the ‘T2’ option (being able to access both ‘3 Austria’ & ‘A1 Telekom Austria’).
  • The ‘T3’ option (being able to access all of the networks: ‘3 Austria’,  ‘A1 Telekom Austria’ & ‘T-Mobile Austria’) would be the correct option if a site did not have access to the first 2 networks or the customer wanted to pay extra for the most resilient solution possible.


Scenario 2 - SIMs that need to be able to access networks in multiple countries

 

Your customer may want to supply SIMs that can access networks in multiple countries.  Please refer to the spreadsheet available for download within this KB article which lists all of the networks, in all the countries, in each of the different pricing bands that our Three SIMs can access.

 

For example, if the customer wanting the SIM in Austria has a requirement for SIMs to be able to work in Germany too, these are the German networks that our Three SIMs can access:

 

Country

Roaming Operator

Price Band

Germany

T-Mobile Germany

T2

Germany

Telefonica Germany

T3

Germany

Vodafone Germany

T3

 

·       If you choose a ‘T2’ tariff it will automatically be able to access ‘T-Mobile Germany’ as well as ‘3 Austria’ and ‘A1 Telekom Austria’

 

In total a ‘T2’ tariff can use 65 networks in total across 45 different countries.

 

·       If you choose a ‘T3’ tariff it will automatically be able to also access the additional 2 networks in Germany listed above.  

 

In total, ordering a ‘T3’ tariff, the SIM will automatically be able to access all of the networks in Bands A, B & C which equates to 121 networks across 50 countries.

 

NB - Additional networks are added regularly.

 

 

Scenario 3 - Projects involving a rollout of multiple SIMs across multiple sites (single country or multiple countries)

 

An issue that impacts large rollouts of SIMs across a single country or multiple countries is determining which network(s) are available at which sites. When planning the project, you can either risk the location being a ‘Not-Spot’ for a single network or factor in the expense of conducting site surveys to confirm which network(s) are available.

 

The ability to activate SIMs that can access multiple networks makes this part of the project planning and implementation a lot easier.  Working with a single supplier and managing all of the SIMs on a single platform makes this an even more compelling proposition.

 

If, for example, the rollout is for sites across the UK, these are all of the networks that are available:

 

Country

Roaming Operator

Price Band

United Kingdom

3UK

T1

United Kingdom

EE

T2

United Kingdom

Jersey Telecom

T3

United Kingdom

O2

T3

United Kingdom

Vodafone UK

T3

United Kingdom

Jersey Airtel Ltd

T3

United Kingdom

Manx Telecom UK Isle of Man

T3

United Kingdom

SURE (Guernsey) Limited

T4

 

You might decide to choose the ‘T1’ tariff so that all sites are only able to access the Three network (if it is available at the site).

 

Alternatively, using ‘T2’, ‘T3’ or ‘T4’ tariffs for the rollout means the SIMs would be able to access the networks as per the list above.

 

 

Notes

 

A spreadsheet showing all of the different networks in all of the countries that these SIMs can access is available on the Jola Partner Portal under ‘Price Lists’ - https://extranet.jola.co.uk/#Page:Roaming_Networks_and_Countries

 


Please see below a summary table of the number of countries and networks that are available, broken down by pricing band.

 


 

 

If you have any questions, please contact your Jola Account Manager.








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