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Multiple data sims for business use ( UK )

#1

Hi everyone, we may need to use data sims with existing Huawei E5330 wifi routers to connect a large number of Pi Zero W’s at different locations to info-beamer.

It appears that wired ethernet isn’t available at these locations, and I’m working on the assumption that we are not able to use WiFi either.

The devices would be spread around maybe 100 or so locations around the UK, and so I’m looking at possible solutions for providing a large number of data sims from a UK mobile operator.

I know that EE have data sharing on their business plans, which would be great for pooling the data allowance, but even their cheapest data sim only deal is around £11 per month for 2GB of data.

At this moment in time, it’s difficult to say how much data will be required at each location, and I had considered enabling loading assets from USB to provide the initial content to the Pi’s and save on data usage.

This obviously wouldn’t help for future content updates though, as the devices will be at remote locations.

If anyone has experience is deploying large numbers of data sims in the UK and could provide any help that would be great :slight_smile:

#2

No experience whatsoever, but I think the keyword here is M2M. Unfortunately most offers seem to be hidden behind “contact sales” forms.

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#3

Interesting, that’s not a term I’ve heard before, and yes EE do M2M sims.

I’ll have to enquire and see what they say.

Thanks for your help.