The popular Global Data SIMUsed on more and more ships in international traffic
Commercial fleets and ships in international traffic, benefit by using the Global Data SIM in a hybrid connectivity setup.
Telenor Maritime Global Data SIM provides connectivity to the internet in near-shore areas all over the world. The Global Data SIM is unlike typical IoT SIMs for land-based networks, in that it is designed for large volumes of data. Using the SIM as a connectivity backhaul is a more cost-effective and higher capacity solution in comparison to VSAT.
Telenor Maritime’s Global Data SIM customers can access a SIM Management Platform to view data usage on their vessels and download monthly reports to invoice their individual vessels when needed. They can also set monthly thresholds for their whole fleet to ensure effective cost management.
Telenor Maritime Global Data SIM can be used across 140 countries in 6 geographical maritime zones.
There are many different SIM types: local pre-paid SIMs, national operator SIMs and the eSIM. Each of these SIMs have their own pros and cons:
- Pre-paid cards are low cost, but when used for a whole fleet they are difficult and costly to manage. Handling internal invoicing and topping-up the prepaid allowance when consumed can take a lot of time.
- The national operator SIMs are ideal for usage in national waters (like for fishing) and roaming into neighbouring countries (like river cruise), however they are less suitable for global shipping, as the national operators often have more costly roaming agreements with countries on the other side of the world. Also, eSim providers come and go. The main advantage of the eSim is that in another country, a local operator may be used which allows local tariffs. These eSims are designed specifically for IoT devices travelling to other countries where they will stay indefinitely (like refrigerator or a vehicle).
- The usage of an eSim for global IoT connectivity is not advised due to the cumulative cost of changing the operator profile all the time. Also, it takes time for the eSim to get another profile when near the shore of another country. This issue creates problems for the connectivity management in the modem since the modem may have already switched back to VSAT while the eSim is updating.
By using a dedicated maritime global data SIM, these challenges are avoided. The Telenor Maritime Global Data SIM provides global connectivity based on Telenor Roaming agreements.