How the technology works (and how it differs from a standard pocket Wi-Fi device)
First, it’s best to explain how pocket Wi-Fi units normally work. Most don’t have individual SIMs inside but rely on SIM banks, either tied to a specific mobile operator or using an MVNO (a mobile virtual network operator, which provides a service using the infrastructure of another operator).
These SIM banks share a finite number of SIM cards held by that operator or MVNO. When a customer turns the device on they will be assigned one of the SIM cards that the provider owns in their SIM bank. So, if the operator/supplier has 100 SIM cards, only 100 users can connect at the same time. If you’re user 101 then you’ll need to wait for another user to drop off before you can connect. Congestion is a particular problem at peak times or where large events are taking place, and customers have no control over this.
Instead, Nuu Mobile’s Konnect i1 uses a combination of virtual SIM bank and virtual IMSI eSIM technology (see the graphic above). This means when the SIM bank is used up, the connection capacity for customers is seamlessly continued on the eSIM service.
Nuu Mobile’s coverage agreements are already set up in over 100 countries (and growing), and with the multiple identity eSIM the ability to maximise service availability is well in advance of a typical pocket Wi-Fi device.