Alepo Announces Successful Deployment of 4G Services with Utande in Zimbabwe

Alepo Announces Successful Deployment of 4G Services with Utande in Zimbabwe

June 7, 2013 – Austin, Texas — Alepo, a leading provider of network and IT solutions for next telecommunications service providers, announced today the successful deployment of a convergent 4G solution in Zimbabwe, enabling Utande to provide WiMAX, Intranet, and Wi-Fi services to a diverse client base of residential and corporate customers.

Through the deployment of Alepo’s AAA ServerPolicy Manager, and award-winning Service Enabler, Utande is successfully supporting a fast-growing network of 4G users across the country.  A solution built to support growth without straining resources, key features include robust web self-care, real-time policy control, and remote configuration and monitoring of a vast network of Wi-Fi hotspots.

“My background as a programmer makes me truly appreciate the work involved in creating and maintaining a product such as Alepo SE,” stated Colin Franco, Chief Technical Officer at Utande.

Alepo’s professional services were also cited as an important element of the successful deployment.  Franco also stated: “It’s clear though that the effective and dependable skill and effort of [Alepo’s] support team is a big part of our increasing success.”

Customers of the service have also expressed satisfaction with the speed and efficiency of the service.  One customer is quoted as saying: “Your network is very stable.  I am really appreciating the quality service I am getting, it really is worth the money I am paying. It is just perfect service, please keep it up.”

About Utande
Utande, a division of Dandemutande Investments (Pvt) Ltd, has been delivering top quality Internet and connectivity services to the Zimbabwean market place since 1997. Utande offers a broad range of individual, small business and corporate Internet solutions with high-speed bandwidth delivered via fiber and wireless last-mile solutions. Utande is renowned within the telecommunications industry for its innovation and commitment to advancing technology in Africa.

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Cielux Partners with Alepo to Roll Out a 4G Customer Experience in Africa

Cielux Partners with Alepo to Roll Out a 4G Customer Experience in Africa

Austin, TX, October 10, 2012 – Alepo, a leading provider of network and IT solutions for next telecommunications service providers, announced today that its longstanding customer, Cielux Telecom, has successfully upgraded to Alepo Service Enabler (SE) 8.1, the latest version of Alepo’s signature BSS / OSS framework. The upgrade supports Cielux’s ongoing effort to rollout convergent 4G services across the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

With Alepo SE, Cielux is able to optimize the delivery of high-speed, 4G data services on its nationwide mobile broadband network, the first and only of its kind in DRC. Cielux will leverage SE’s convergent charging capabilities to create differentiated, tiered services, offering usage-based prepaid and postpaid plans to new and existing residential and business customers.

“Cielux is committed to the advancement of high-speed mobile broadband and keeping pace with the latest technology and developments to exceed the customers’ expectations within the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) at an affordable price. Thanks to Alepo’s continual innovation and expertise in 4G core infrastructure, we are able to make that commitment a reality,” said Ashwini Kumar Gogoi, Cielux Executive Director, COO & CFO. Gogoi added, “With Alepo SE’s built-in flexibility, we are able to deliver all of INET’s customer-centric service plans to a single device with a single online click, making Alepo SE incredibly user-friendly for business-to-consumer transactions.”

The upgrade to Alepo SE 8.1 furnishes Cielux with advanced capabilities that work to enhance the customer experience. With Alepo SE’s intuitive, web-2.0 Subscriber Portal, customers can access real-time account information, top up and refill accounts via prepaid cards, and more. An automated messaging system allows Cielux to easily send real-time customer notifications and balance alerts via e-mail and SMS. And, the added policy control functionality of Alepo’s PCRF Lite extends the solution to enable Cielux to upgrade or downgrade bandwidth in real time and to hotline users upon expiration or zero balance to a customized captive portal. Most importantly, the upgrade process did not interrupt or jeopardize Cielux’s existing services.

“On an evolutionary path to 4G convergent services, service providers can leverage the advanced capabilities of carrier-grade solutions like Service Enabler that work to enhance the customer experience across legacy and next generation networks and services, seamlessly and cost-effectively,” said Jonathan Garini, Alepo Vice President of Products. “Alepo is proud to continue to support Cielux as the company seizes new opportunities to advance its network and to distinguish itself through superior customer experience.”

About Cielux Telecom

Founded in 2003, Cielux Telecom is now one of the largest ISP in DRC, combining know-how and technical infrastructure to offer best-in-class products and solutions. In July 2009, Cielux started its operations with triple-play services: Data, VoIP, and Video based on fixed WiMAX technology IEEE802.16d on local loop in 3.5 GHz licensed frequency. With its own VSAT Hubs, ISP, and Microwave license, Cielux was able to set up a carrier-class core network infrastructure across DRC. In July 2012, Cielux launched its high-speed mobile 4G data services based on IEEE802.16e technology in 2.5 GHz licensed frequency in Kinshasa under the brand INET. Cielux is proud to have generated a good customer base, including many renowned corporate customers to date in just 3 months after launch. Cielux will be expanding its operations to all major cities of DRC early next year. This will pave the way for whole DRC to experience the next generation high-speed mobile broadband services.

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Alepo Announces Diameter Signaling Controller (DSC), Interoperability Success

Alepo Announces Diameter Signaling Controller (DSC), Interoperability Success

Austin, TX, December 14, 2011 — Alepo, a leading provider of control plane & business management solutions for next generation services, announced today the introduction of the Alepo Diameter Signaling Controller (DSC) to its suite of Evolved Packet Core (EPC) control plane network solutions, as well as its interoperability success at the 2011 MultiService Forum Voice over LTE Test Event.

Alepo’s Diameter Signaling Controller is an intelligent signaling framework that works to streamline and secure all Diameter signaling communication within and across Evolved Packet Core (EPC) networks.

Built in accordance to industry standards, including 3GPP, GSMA and IETF, the Alepo Diameter Signaling Controller can function fully as an IETF Diameter Agent, as 3GPP Diameter Routing Agent (DRA) to streamline communication between network nodes and enhance network performance, or as a GSMA Diameter Edge Agent (DEA) to facilitate 3G / 4G roaming and interconnect scenarios.

At the 2011 MultiService Forum Voice over LTE Interoperability Event, Alepo successfully tested its Diameter Signaling Controller and PCRF in multiple local and roaming interoperability test scenarios. Alepo’s Diameter Signaling Controller implemented standard Gx, Rx, S9, and S6a reference points, and was instrumental to the successful completion of data roaming and IMS interaction made over LTE networks between the two test sites in Germany and China.

“As core network environments become increasingly complex and diverse, operators are quickly recognizing the value of the Diameter Signaling Controller as a fundamental component required to realize next generation goals and ensure uninhibited network growth,” said Jonathan Garini, Vice President of Products at Alepo, adding, “Alepo is proud to be the first vendor to offer a field-tested and proven-interoperable Diameter Signaling Controller alongside our PCRF, OCS, AAA, HSS and ANDSF as a comprehensive Evolved Packet Core network.”

Alepo sponsored and participated in the 2011 MultiService Forum Voice over LTE Interoperability Event. The event was held at the Vodafone Test and Innovation Centre in Dusseldorf, Germany and the China Mobile Research Institute Laboratory in Beijing, China. It was backed by the GSMA as part of its work on VoLTE. The complete white paper results can be found at www.msforum.org/interoperability.

About the MSF

The MultiService Forum (MSF) is a global association of service providers, system suppliers and test equipment vendors committed to developing and promoting open-architecture, multiservice Next Generation Networks. Founded in 1998, the MSF is an open-membership organization comprised of the world’s leading telecommunications companies. The MSF’s activities include developing Implementation Agreements, promoting worldwide compatibility and interoperability of network elements, and encouraging input to appropriate national and international standards bodies.

About VoLTE IOT Event 2011

The MSF hosted the VoLTE IOT 2011 Event in the Vodafone Centre for Test and Innovation in Dusseldorf and the China Mobile Research Institute Lab in Beijing in September 2011. The event was backed by the GSMA following the launch of its global VoLTE initiative in 2010, which is supported by more than 40 leading organizations in the mobile space. The event built on the major success of the previous Global MSF LTE Interoperability Event that took place during March 2010 and reflected the industry’s drive to continue to deliver major carrier driven events that benefit all its members in their quest to keep pace with an ever faster moving industry. The MSF VoLTE Interoperability test event focused on validating core network interfaces to ensure multi-vendor deployment strategies for LTE technology and validated the MSF physical scenarios developed to incorporate 3GPP LTE/EPC technology and the GSMA’s technical recommendations, focusing on Voice over LTE, with the support of China Mobile and Vodafone.

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Alepo AAA Server Selected to Launch 4G Wireless Broadband in Angola

Alepo AAA Server Selected to Launch 4G Wireless Broadband in Angola

Angola Communications Systems (ACS), a subsidiary of MSTelcom, plans to launch a 4G wireless broadband network using Alepo’s 16e AAA Server for comprehensive session, policy and subscriber management.

December 7, 2011, Austin, TX — Alepo, a leading provider of control plane & business management solutions for next generation services, announced today that Angola Communications Systems (ACS), a Business Unit of MSTelcom, has selected Alepo’s 16e AAA Server to support 4G wireless broadband services in Angola.

Alepo’s 16e AAA server performs comprehensive quota-based session management and centralized subscriber identity management across multiple next generation services and devices. It will also enable ACS to create and deliver multiple, granular Quality of Service (QoS) profiles for the operator’s various customer segments, including corporate, municipal and residential subscribers.

“We needed a proven and reliable solution to be able to deliver a wide range of mobile broadband services to our growing customer base,” said Carlos Carvalho Chief Technology Officer of ACS. “With its robust and advanced features, Alepo’s 16e AAA Server has exceeded our expectations.”

In addition to standard AAA functions, Alepo’s 16e AAA Server also provides unique features such as self-healing from system failures, centralized key management, identity correlation, IP Address Management (both dynamic and static), session caching, and session hierarchies. Alepo’s 16e AAA Server is also vendor neutral, allowing ACS to build a network made of best-of-breed networks, lowering cost of ownership at network inception and throughout the life of the network.

“ACS shows a great commitment to the advancement of mobile broadband in rural and urban Africa,” said Jonathan Garini, Vice President of Products of Alepo. “We look forward to a continual partnership with ACS to support the latest in 4G technology and beyond.”

About Angola Communication Systems (ACS)

With its headquarters and operations center located in the city of Luanda, ACS is a provider of systems for private networks, dedicated circuits for data transmission and internet solutions via satellite technology (VSAT) systems and via wireless (broadband). Through very close relationships and agreements with operators at national and international levels, ACS is able to provide links to any part of Angola. ACS invests much of its resources to update technology and equipment to ensure that it continues to provide its services with the best possible quality. This is also achieved by the dedicated staff and includes a selection of highly experienced engineers and technicians.

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Alepo Partners with Dimension Data to Launch 4G Services in Zimbabwe

Alepo Partners with Dimension Data to Launch 4G Services in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe service provider, Utande, calls on industry experts Alepo and Dimension Data to deploy 4G data services over WiMAX, Wi-Fi and high-speed Metro Ethernet.

November 3, 2011, Austin, TX — Alepo, a leading provider of control plane & business management solutions for next generation services, announced today a partnership with one of the industry’s foremost system integrators, Dimension Data, to rollout 4G data services across Zimbabwe for internet service provider Utande.

Together, Alepo and Dimension Data will build upon Utande’s existing network to create a convergent network environment, enabling the delivery of 4G services over WiMAX, Wi-Fi and high-speed Metro Ethernet. The project marks the first collaboration between the two veteran telecommunications vendors.

“We are very pleased to partner with Alepo to launch 4G services at Utande,” said Calvin Menyennett, Chief Technology Officer at Dimension Data. “Alepo’s proven core network solutions and industry experience are true assets to this project.”

Alepo will implement its convergent online charging & billing platform, Service Enabler, as well as its 16e AAA Server for real-time policy & subscriber management. Alepo’s Subscriber Portal will enable customers to register for services and manage their accounts online, independently.

Alepo will also provide a carrier-grade Wi-Fi Hotspot Management solution, which will allow Utande to easily expand a Wi-Fi hotspot network through partners and resellers. Alepo’s open and endlessly scalable solutions will enable Utande to readily support the growing needs of Zimbabwe’s residential and business consumers.

“The collaborative effort by Alepo and Dimension Data to deploy 4G services will afford Utande the competitive edge to be positioned as Zimbabwe’s premier internet service provider,” stated Jonathan Garini, Alepo Vice President of Products.

About Utande

Utande, a division of Dandemutande Investments (Pvt) Ltd, has been delivering top quality Internet and connectivity services to the Zimbabwean market place since 1997. Utande offers a broad range of individual, small business and corporate Internet solutions with high-speed bandwidth delivered via fiber and wireless last-mile solutions. Utande is renowned within the telecommunications industry for its innovation and commitment to advancing technology in Africa.

About Dimension Data

Founded in 1983, Dimension Data plc is an ICT services and solutions provider that uses its technology expertise, global service delivery capability, and entrepreneurial spirit to accelerate the business ambitions of its clients. Dimension Data is a member of the NTT Group.

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Alepo and IBW Announce Launch of 4G Networks

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.”

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 and operates its 4G consumer services under the “Japi” brand.

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