Alepo and IBW Announce Launch of 4G Networks
Austin, TX, October 27, 2011 — Alepo and Latin American service provider IBW announced today the successful commercial launch of multiple 4G networks in Central America using Alepo’s LTE-ready 4G Online Charging System. With it, IBW is able to offer prepaid data and voice services over WiMAX today and LTE in the future.
The investment in 4G technology represents a major step forward in the region and reinforces IBW’s position as a market leader. By deploying a convergent charging and billing system that supports WiMAX and LTE, IBW can readily launch new services over LTE as they become available without replacing the existing core network, resulting in lower CapEx and faster time to market.
“In such a transitional period for emerging 4G technologies, it was crucial to implement a solution that can readily adapt to changes in technology, market conditions and regulations,” said Paul Ives Choiseul, IBW CTO. “The flexibility of Alepo’s Online Charging System reassures us of our investment, even as technologies evolve and our subscriber base grows.”
IBW will utilize Alepo’s flexible platform to offer a wide range of convergent 4G services to corporate and residential customers across Central America and has recently launched its consumer brand, Japi (http://www.soyjapi.com) in Costa Rica and El Salvador, with Guatemala to follow soon.
Alepo’s 3GPP-compliant Online Charging System (OCS) is a convergent charging & billing system that handles the real-time rating, charging and balance management of all IP-based services. Part of Alepo’s comprehensive Service Enabler platform, it incorporates business management applications such as revenue assurance and voucher management to create an end-to-end, carrier-grade solution. The flexible, future-ready solution can support multiple radio access technologies (RANs), facilitating the addition of LTE to IBW’s existing WiMAX network or a complete migration to LTE in the future.
“With simultaneous deployments in multiple markets, IBW has proven to be an ambitious and forward-thinking market player,” said Jonathan Garini, Alepo Vice President of Products. “Alepo was able to meet IBW’s aggressive timetable and deliver a market-ready core solution that offers an immediate and continuous ROI.”
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 and operates its 4G consumer services under the “Japi” brand.