Load Shedding and Mobile Data

By : Christopher Wray | May 13, 2015 | Blog

Load Shedding and Mobile Data

May 13, 2015

Load shedding is here to stay.

We can ignore it, we can fight against it, but the reality is that load shedding will remain a challenge to South African businesses for the foreseeable future.

For many South African businesses from small enterprises to large corporations, the reality of load shedding is becoming more than just an inconvenience. It is also having a large impact on the economy and on staff productivity, forcing entire offices to stop working for 2 hours or more during power downtime. Let’s face it – there is only so much offline paperwork and filing that one can do before your desk becomes so organised you don’t know where anything is anymore!

The silver lining

While load shedding has caused an impact on most, if not all businesses, one positive aspect to come out of the national disaster is that more and more businesses are considering and implementing new work schedules and concepts such as remote working and flexible working patterns.

In today’s digital age, with the addition of basic technology, such as a Mi-Fi USB dongle and a cell phone, laptop or tablet, employees can now work virtually anywhere; at home, in satellite offices or even coffee shops. This change could lead to a reduction in traffic jams at rush hour and even possibly to a more competitive business place with a higher demand for quicker turnarounds and leaner, more agile organisations.

Setting up remote employees

But before one can consider moving their business across to a remote working, flexible structure, a key element to consider is the need for remote Internet access through mobile LTE or 3G connectivity via a MiFi dongle. Additional considerations also include use of a laptop and potentially also access to files via a Cloud Server.

One way to provide your employees with remote Internet access is to purchase a number of mobile data sim cards and attempt to manage each sim card via an excel spreadsheet and numerous monthly bills. This results in a multitude of fixed multiple year contracts, each with a set amount of allocated data and the annoyance of constant phone calls as employee’s caps are reached and data is used up. Not to mention the exorbitant bills racked up for data that is not used.


An easy to use mobile data management system

With multiple account requirements and every employee using data differently, it is clear to see why many companies choose to make use of a sim card management tool such as RSAWEB’s. RSAWEB’s online management tool allows you to manage up to 500 users with hundreds or thousands of sim cards and their scaling data needs, all from an easy to use online interface. Backed by the powerful MTN network, you and your employees can be sure of a fast and high quality connection from just about anywhere in South Africa. Our sights are set towards a brighter and more innovative future – to find out more about how we can help your business, contact us today 

Read our case study on Caxton Publishers who implemented the RSAWEB Mobile data solution to manage their 434 user accounts on 466 sim cards.

Here is another article we wrote on load shedding:

Apps to use during load shedding

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