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Alepo Introduces Mobile Device Management Solution

With inaugural contracts already signed with leading mobile operators, Alepo introduces a standards-based OMA DM Server to ease end-to-end device management for next generation networks by automating firmware Over-the-Air (FOTA) updates, bootstrapping, diagnostics, provisioning, configuration, monitoring, lock and wipe, and reporting.

February 14, 2011, Barcelona, Spain – Alepo announced today the introduction of a standards-built OMA DM Server for comprehensive device management across all next generation networks, including WiMAX and LTE. With the capability to activate and remotely manage all devices over the air, the OMA DM Server has captured the attention of leading service providers, with contracts signed and deployments planned for early 2011.

Built on Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) DM 1.2 and collaborative WiMAX Forum standards, Alepo’s OMA DM Server eases and automates end-to-end mobile device management by enabling Over-the-Air (OTA) firmware updates, diagnostics, bootstrapping, provisioning, configuration, monitoring, lock and wipe, and reporting. An administrative interface allows for point-and-click configuration and navigation, making it easy to schedule firmware update campaigns, generate factory settings for OEMs, and provide remote customer support.

With support for both factory and OTA bootstrapping methods, Alepo’s OMA DM Server ensures that all devices, whether subsidized by the service provider or purchased through an independent retail channel, are discovered and remotely provisioned to the operator’s network without manual intervention by the customer or support desk. Integration with Alepo’s Self Activation portal or a third-party subscriber portal creates a simple and consistent customer activation experience.

“Across all devices, customers demand a ubiquitous and intuitive experience that provides the instant gratification of purchasing a new device and using it right away without a cumbersome activation process,” stated Jonathan Garini, Alepo Vice President of Products. He added, “A high-performing OMA DM Server enhances and automates the activation process, which increases customer satisfaction while reducing operational costs and the strain on customer support staffs.”

With a built-in, OMA-defined firmware update management object (FUMO), the Alepo OMA DM Server automates FOTA updates for hands-off delivery of new services, security updates and critical fixes to bugs that may interfere with network operations. In addition to firmware updates, other necessary OTA configuration changes to mobile devices may include: radio frequencies, NAP ID, RAPL, CAPL, voice service parameters, subscription information, and more.

“Firmware updates and configuration changes are an inevitable factor of any new and rapidly evolving technology such as WiMAX and LTE, and service providers must plan accordingly to avoid potential network or device impingements,” said Garini, adding, “Alepo’s OMA DM Server achieves a highly efficient, hands-off solution by delivering firmware updates over the air.”

Alepo’s OMA DM Server integrates seamlessly with other network elements, including Alepo’s 16e AAA Server, convergent BSS / OSS platform, and subscriber portal. The Alepo OMA DM Server can readily be deployed as a pre-integrated element of a complete Alepo WiMAX CSN or can integrate in a multi-vendor environment via standard APIs and protocols.

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Alepo Introduces Mobile App for Bandwidth-on-Demand

Alepo’s new mobile app is the first ever to empower end users to dynamically choose bandwidth speed. Developed by the BSS / OSS pure player, the app communicates directly with the operator’s policy & charging control network elements in real time.

February 14, 2011, Barcelona, Spain – From the exhibition floor of Mobile World Congress 2011, Alepo unveiled this week the first mobile app to enable dynamic bandwidth selection by end users. Aimed at mobile operators as a value-added service, the app capitalizes on the growing demand for faster and more personalized bandwidth speeds on mobile devices while enhancing the customer experience.

The application empowers users to easily and instantly change their bandwidth speed as needed, boosting it for services like video streaming and online gaming, and lowering it for non-mission critical services like SMS and email. Giving subscribers greater control over their quality of service level in real-time amplifies customer transparency and satisfaction.

“Mobile bandwidth needs are largely situational, requiring dynamic policy control in the hands of subscribers,” stated John Kim, Alepo Vice President of Business Development. “Alepo’s Bandwidth Selection App assures subscribers of more personalized services by enabling them to tailor their policy to each situation.”

Dynamic bandwidth speed selection adds another dimension of granularity to online charging, traditionally limited to time and volume. By charging more to high-speed users in real-time, service providers can dismantle the “one-speed-fits-all” approach found in service level agreements and contracts, resulting in smarter revenue and network resource allocation.

“We now understand that subscribers are willing to pay more in times when a high bandwidth speed is most critical,” stated Kim. “By monetizing the solution, mobile service providers not only increase ARPU, but are able to better balance network resources while satisfying all subscribers.”

Developed by the veteran BSS / OSS pure player, Alepo’s Bandwidth Selection App directly communicates in with the operator’s PCRF in real-time. It is available for both Android and iPhone.

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Safaricom Partners with Alepo to Bring 4G Services to Kenya

Safaricom, East Africa’s largest mobile carrier, selected Alepo Technologies, Inc. to provide an integrated BSS/OSS solution for WiMAX and Wi-Fi, including Alepo’s award-winning 16e AAA Server and DHCP Server. The robust solution will allow Safaricom to extend more finely grained service offerings to customers while maintaining high network security and optimizing resources.

February 12, 2011, Austin, TX – Alepo, a leading provider of control plane & business management solutions for next generation services, announced today its partnership with East Africa’s leading integrated communications firm, Safaricom, to support its growing WiMAX network with enhanced policy control, QoS granularity, and IP address management.

Safaricom has selected Alepo to implement its award-winning 16e AAA server and DHCP server as part of its nationwide WiMAX network.

“A high-performing AAA server is a fundamental element of any mobile WiMAX solution, enabling advanced policy control as well as secure authentication and provisioning of subscribers to the network,” stated Jonathan Garini, Alepo Vice President of Products. “Alepo’s standards-based AAA server, with successful deployments worldwide, assures Safaricom of a proven, feature-rich solution.”

For advanced IP address management, including support for IPv4 and IPv6, Safaricom will deploy Alepo’s DHCP Server. The server automatically provisions IP addresses to CPEs, either dynamically or statically for services requiring static IPs. The ability to segment and allocate IP addresses via IP pools prompts greater resource optimization.

“The implementation of Alepo’s core network elements will afford Safaricom greater control over network policy, security and resource allocation, while achieving more flexibility in designing WiMAX and Wi-Fi service offerings for our customers, residential and commercial,” stated Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore.

In addition, Alepo will provide integration with Safaricom’s existing CRM system, allowing the incumbent mobile operator to provision and manage both WiMAX and GSM subscriber accounts from one centralized and familiar CRM interface, thus reducing operational and training expenses.

“Alepo’s AAA server and DHCP server are fundamental components of Alepo’s comprehensive suite of 4G products and solutions,” stated Garini. “We are pleased to bring these solutions to Safaricom so it may remain a fierce, competitive leader in the region.”

About Safaricom

Safaricom offers total communications solutions to a growing clientele in Kenya. With a subscriber base of over 17 million, Safaricom provides a comprehensive range of services under one roof: mobile and fixed voice and data services on a variety of platforms: Kenya’s widest and only 3G network; a growing fiber optic cable footprint and its most expansive WIMAX presence. Safaricom also pioneered commercial mobile money transfer globally through M-PESA, the most successful such service anywhere in the world.

http://www.safaricom.co.ke/

About Alepo

Alepo is a leading provider of IT and network infrastructure software solutions for communications service providers worldwide. Alepo works closely with market leaders including Vodafone, MTN, France Telecom, and Digicel, empowering them to compete aggressively and realize data opportunities across technologies and generations. Alepo is proud to support innovative market leaders as they evolve in the telecommunications marketplace.

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IBW Selects Alepo to Launch First Multi-Ran 4G Online Charging System

Latin American service provider, IBW recently selected Alepo to implement an online charging system with the flexibility to support multiple 4G technologies, including WiMAX and LTE, on a single charging & billing platform.

February 11, 2011, Barcelona, Spain – Alepo announced today its partnership with Latin American service provider, IBW, to provide an LTE-ready Online Charging System (OCS) for the rollout of WiMAX networks across Central America, enabling IBW to later extend or transition to LTE and other 4G technologies while maintaining a single, convergent billing & charging platform.

Deployment of Alepo’s Online Charging System will ensure that IBW remains at the forefront of 4G technologies while protecting its investment in the core network.

“In the developing Latin American markets, it was crucial to implement a solution that can readily adapt to changes in technology, market conditions and regulations,” stated Paul Ives Choiseul, IBW CTO. “The flexibility of Alepo’s OCS reassures us of our investment, even as technologies evolve and our subscriber base grows.”

Alepo’s 3GPP-compliant OCS handles the rating, charging, and balance management of all services in real time and communicates with policy controls to ensure zero leakage of revenue. With an integrated offline charging system and billing domain, the innovative solution dismantles the traditional vertical architecture, allowing for fully convergent prepaid / postpaid business plans.

In addition, the LTE-ready system supports advanced authentication functions, mobility management, roaming, and handover, allowing for interworking between access technologies, both 3GPP and non-3GPP.

“Until recently, WiMAX and LTE had been thought of as dueling technologies, racing to become the standard for 4G,” stated John Kim, Alepo Vice President of Sales. “However, the convergence of access technologies is a very real scenario and is likely to gain momentum as service providers look to future-proof their investments in core network systems.”

Whether IBW ultimately decides to transition from WiMAX to LTE or to support both technologies simultaneously, the Alepo OCS will remain intact, which will allow the service provider to act swiftly on market conditions without additional costs, risks or delay on the part of the charging system.

“We look forward to our partnership with IBW to provide innovative and robust solutions that will enable the organization to grow its customer base and evolve into new technologies while protecting its investment,” stated Kim.

About IBW

IBW, an emerging service provider across Central America, is positioning itself to provide high-quality commercial and residential services, including voice, data and video, over a licensed 802.16e WiMAX network. Today, the company has a presence in Nicaragua, Guatemala, Costa Rica and El Salvador.

About Alepo

Alepo is a leading provider of IT and network infrastructure software solutions for communications service providers worldwide. Alepo works closely with market leaders including Vodafone, MTN, France Telecom, and Digicel, empowering them to compete aggressively and realize data opportunities across technologies and generations. Alepo is proud to support innovative market leaders as they evolve in the telecommunications marketplace.

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Vodafone Partners with Alepo to Bring Triple-Play Services to Pearl-Qatar

Vodafone Qatar recently selected Alepo to provide a comprehensive billing & customer care solution for fixed voice, video and data over high-speed broadband in Qatar.

February 11, 2011, Austin, TX – Alepo, a leading provider of control plane & business management solutions for next generation services, announced today its partnership with Vodafone Qatar to bring triple-play services over IP, including fixed voice and data, to the manmade luxury island of The Pearl Qatar.

In deploying the Alepo Service Enabler, a comprehensive billing & customer care solution for next generation networks, Vodafone Qatar will achieve a centralized location to provision and manage all subscribers and services. The solution includes a real-time rating & charging system, allowing the service provider to design flexible business plans from an intuitive, point-and-click interface while ensuring zero leakage of revenue.

In addition, Alepo will provide a web-based subscriber portal for online customer self care, including purchasing services, paying invoices and topping up accounts. Alepo will also provide integration with other network elements and external payment gateways.

“In selecting a back office solution to support multi-play services, Alepo emerged as an obvious frontrunner, offering a robust product as well as the expertise required to fulfill our business needs,” stated Jenny Howe, Director of Technology, Vodafone Qatar.

“Vodafone shows unparalleled commitment to becoming Qatar’s premier service provider, not only in terms of revenue, but also in the eyes of its customers,” stated John Kim, Alepo Vice President of Business Development. “We are excited to work with Vodafone and assist the organization in realizing its mission by providing a tenacious billing & customer care solution.”

About Vodafone Qatar Q.S.C.

Vodafone Qatar Q.S.C. (“Vodafone Qatar”) is the holder of the Second Public Mobile and Fixed Telecommunications Networks and Services License in the State of Qatar.

Vodafone Qatar’s purpose is to “Make a World of Difference for All People in Qatar” by aiming to become “the most admired brand in Qatar.”

Please visit www.vodafone.com.qa for more details.

About Alepo

Alepo is a leading provider of IT and network infrastructure software solutions for communications service providers worldwide. Alepo works closely with market leaders including Vodafone, MTN, France Telecom, and Digicel, empowering them to compete aggressively and realize data opportunities across technologies and generations. Alepo is proud to support innovative market leaders as they evolve in the telecommunications marketplace.

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