Eiasa enters high-speed FTTx market in Colombia using Alepo’s Broadband AAA

Eiasa enters high-speed FTTx market in Colombia using Alepo’s Broadband AAA

  • Called Megaya, the high-speed internet service has been launched in response to increasing demand for affordable high-quality internet services in Medellín
  • Alepo completed the deployment remotely, in partnership with system integrator Italtel, working around pandemic-related travel restrictions
  • Alepo’s solution, which includes its highly scalable AAA, DNS, and EMS, enabled Eiasa to introduce unlimited data plans, specific validity capped plans with email notifications, and more
  • Customers trying to access the network are redirected to the captive portal to purchase and renew their plans
  • The solution offers BI insights and data usage reports, enabling sound business decisions

Wednesday, March 31, 2021, Medellín, Colombia – Colombian energy company and ISP Energía Integral Andina SA (Eiasa) has introduced a high-speed internet service called Megaya to meet increasing demand in the city of Medellín. The greenfield fiber broadband network has been implemented using digital enablement solutions provider Alepo’s Broadband AAA solution, in partnership with local system integrator Italtel.

The deployment, which is partially funded by the government, provides high-quality FTTx services to underserved locations. Its affordable price point makes it especially beneficial to strata 1 and 2 populations.

As part of its standard-based solution, Alepo has deployed its AAA, DNS, and EMS to meet Eiasa’s requirements of a high-performance, reliable, hardware- and network-agnostic system. The AAA helped Eiasa introduce unlimited data plans with and without speed caps, as well as specific validity capped plans with email notifications to send customers expiration alerts. Customers trying to access the network are redirected to the captive portal to purchase and renew their plans.

Alepo’s AAA infrastructure is highly scalable, supporting Eiasa’s plans for future growth. It is geographically and locally redundant with disaster recovery to ensure high availability (99.999%). It grants full control over session speed and plans, enables advanced subscriber management, and lets Eiasa block forbidden sites. A high-performing scripting engine enables the service provider to write, implement, and run custom authentication and authorization rules in-house.

The zero-revenue-leakage system also provides BI insights and usage reports to help monitor subscriber data consumption patterns to enable Eiasa to make statistically sound business decisions.

Alepo remotely managed the entire deployment, including network configuration and all project-related communication, overcoming global travel restrictions in place due to the pandemic.

“There’s been a global shift to working from home and Medellín has been no exception to this digital evolution, considerably increasing demand for an affordable high-quality broadband network. With the launch of Megaya, we are already helping connect the unconnected and underserved with cost-effective high-speed high-QoS offerings. Alepo’s AAA offers us the flexibility to offer contextual plans and ensure customer satisfaction while maximizing ROI,” said Jeyfer Rojas, Director of Operations, Eiasa.

Juan Espinosa, Director LATAM Alepo, said, “Alepo’s AAA has enabled Eiasa to provide quality broadband services and help bridge the digital divide in Medellín. Its reporting capabilities will ensure that Eiasa is able to fully monetize the service. The scalable solution will ensure high QoS even as traffic load increases, enabling Eiasa to rapidly expand its broadband presence in Colombia.”

Myriam Ortega Angulo, Project Manager, Italtel, said, “Alepo has a rich track record in delivering innovative broadband solutions around the globe, and we are pleased to have partnered with them in helping Eiasa connect the unconnected in underserved markets in Medellín.”

Alepo has been a pioneer in building and developing AAA and virtualized AAA (vAAA) infrastructure for nearly two decades, with its solutions powering operations at several Tier-1 operators globally.

About Eiasa

Energía Integral Andina SA (Eiasa) is a technology integrator dedicated to the commercialization of energy equipment and industrial battery production, the development of engineering projects focused on electrical services, telecommunications, and civil works. Eiasa sets new standards of excellence and innovation in engineering services and solutions. The company has a presence in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Panama, the United States, and China. The launch of its high-speed internet service, Megaya, marks its foray into the fiber broadband market in Colombia.

For more information on Megaya, please visit https://megaya.com.co

For more information on Eiasa, please visit https://www.eiasa.com.co/

About Italtel

Italtel is a multinational information and communication technology company that combines the traditional positioning in networks and communications services with the ability to innovate and develop solutions and applications for digital transformation.

Italtel designs end-to-end solutions that address key issues for productivity and business success as well as for the evolution and simplification of network infrastructures.

Its know-how on cutting-edge technologies and the ability to innovate are the outcome of a constant commitment to industrial research projects at the European, national, and regional levels in the sectors of software, telecommunications, and IT.

For more information, please visit https://www.italtel.com/about/about-italtel/

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Orange Guinea Sonatel to Digitize its Fixed Broadband Services with Alepo AAA Transformation

Orange Guinea Sonatel to Digitize its Fixed Broadband Services with Alepo AAA Transformation

  • Alepo AAA will help eliminate revenue leakage caused by manual processes in the legacy system
  • Customers will be emailed dunning notifications for the prepaid FTTH services
  • On service expiration, customers will automatically be redirected to the payment portal to increase renewal times
  • Faster and more streamlined customer sign-up will improve performance and reliability
  • Customer profile provisioning will be automated with a responsive and intuitive GUI for agents
  • The new AAA will provide guaranteed minimum bandwidth speeds, enhanced role-based security, real-time service monitoring, and comprehensive customer usage reports

Thursday, July 16, 2020, Conakry, Guinea – Strengthening its telecommunications business in the western African region, Orange Guinea Sonatel is set to digitize its fixed broadband (FTTH) services by migrating to digital enablement and revenue management solutions provider Alepo’s Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting (AAA) platform.

Alepo’s AAA Transformation will help Orange Guinea Sonatel eliminate manual processes in their legacy system, resolving revenue leakage issues. Customers who purchase the prepaid FTTH plans will receive renewal notifications over email when their plans near expiration. Once the plan expires, they will automatically be redirected to the payment portal when they try to access the service, which is expected to increase renewal times significantly.

A faster and more streamlined customer sign-up process will ensure improved performance and reliability increasing customer satisfaction. Customer profile provisioning will be automated, with a responsive GUI for intuitive agent use. In addition to providing guaranteed minimum bandwidth speeds, the AAA will also enable flexible creation of new offers, enhanced role-based security, real-time monitoring of services, and comprehensive customer usage reports.

Marlyatou Hady Diallo, CTIO, Orange Guinea Sonatel, said, “Offering innovative telecom services has always been our priority, and Alepo has a long history of helping us cater to our growing customer demands. In the past, Alepo’s solutions helped us increase prepaid and subscription customers in our fixed-wireless network and we’re confident they will do the same in our rapidly growing FTTH business. We are certain the AAA will help us become more agile, improve speed, and enhance customer experience, all of which we expect will result in increased revenue.”

Vishal Mathur, VP Solution Integration, Alepo, said, “Alepo has helped transform AAA infrastructure for operators globally to meet and exceed their network demands and drive revenue growth. Our scalable and versatile AAA will help Orange Guinea Sonatel automate their legacy system and digitize their customer experience. We are proud that our previous deployments with them have yielded successful results, and that Orange Guinea Sonatel has faith in Alepo’s abilities as a trusted and experienced solutions provider.”

Alepo has transformed AAA infrastructure for several Tier-1 operators catering to millions of clients around the world. Its virtualized AAA (vAAA) is also deployed at leading service providers, with many upcoming deployments in the pipeline.

About Orange Guinea

Orange Guinea is a subsidiary of the Sonatel Group and has been present in Guinea since November 2007. It has more than 400 employees and nearly eight million subscribers. Orange Guinea is the leader in the telecommunications sector with the widest network: Conakry and all regional capitals are covered by 4G, and all sub-prefectures are covered by 3G. The operator indirectly provides employment to hundreds of thousands of Guineans in the distribution of its products and services, the provision of various services and the development of its telephone network. Orange Guinea participates in the economic and human development of Guinea through its commitment, excellence and proximity to the Guinean populations, thanks, among other things, to its citizen program. Its societal actions have had a direct impact that is valued at millions of euros.

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Delivering Service Innovation with Convergent Billing and Charging

Delivering Service Innovation with Convergent Billing and Charging

Delivering Service Innovation with Convergent Billing and Charging

12th of September 2017

Telecom operators, in the past, relied solely on fixed-line services for generating revenue. The industry has since taken great strides. Operators have developed various innovative services that empower customers to look beyond voice and SMS and explore streaming video, maps, music, and many more data applications. The opportunities created for customers have enabled operators to plunge into new services.

Today, quality customer experience plays a major role in generating revenue. In this customer-centric era, operators are driven to promote timely personalized offers and deals at attractive price ranges.

With the rise of service offerings, operators face tremendous pressure on their billing platform. The need to enhance the capabilities of the BSS stack has become as significant as improving network capacity from time to time.

Why should telecom operators upgrade their billing systems?

Telecom operators have put billing systems on the front burner for driving the initiative to capture revenue and reduce costs. What telecom operators need now is a BSS stack that can fulfill the evolving needs of customers.

There are many communication product opportunities resulting in a complex blend of mobile and fixed offerings apart from applications, entertainment, and value-added services. This has only complicated the billing process. Flat-rate pricing has taken a backseat, with flexible and creative pricing emerging as a strategic differentiator. The increasing price complexity has in turn driven operators to augment BSS systems with more capabilities for handling billing and charging complexities.

Even though there is a great demand for mobile data services, operators fail to earn good revenues from these services. New charging models not only make it a requisite to redefine rating rules, but also demand a BSS stack with robust capabilities to support the ever-growing event data records.

The pricing models for prepaid and postpaid services pose another challenge. With different systems driving the rating and charging of these services, operators realize the need for a convergent platform to conquer the expensive and complicated process. Take pre-paid and post-paid billing for instance: there are two different systems driving these services. Operators face challenges while using different systems for different network services and also when legacy systems do not support the launch of new charging models.

There is also the dire need to hasten time-to-market when it comes to launching new services and gaining competitive advantage. These challenges entail a convergent billing platform that lays the foundation for improved customer experience, faster reaction to market changes and reduction in operating costs.

Are there any challenges?

Though convergent billing systems provide answers by turning a single invoice to a combination of customer charges, implementing this system comes with its own challenges. The litmus test is when there’s a need to create an agile and dynamic architecture to sustain the ever-growing and evolving telecom business to integrate into legacy infrastructure.

With increasing transactions, the pressure on a single platform could pave the way for problems. If there is a single point of failure it could cause a delay in charging a customer or disallow customers from using such services. A spike in transactions could also place too much pressure on a single billing and charging system due to which customer service would take a beating. This potential damage can also translate into revenue losses.

With the right planning and modern architecture in place, such challenges can be mitigated and turned into opportunities.

Why make a move to a customer-centric convergent billing system?

Today, customers are at the core of telecom operations, making them the dominant partner in the relationship. The days of providing fixed-line services and raising a single invoice are at an end. Triggered by evolving demands, more business partners, like content providers and resellers, have joined hands with operators to generate one bill for multiple services. Customers subscribing to services also see it as a way to procure additional content.

In this scenario, a convergent billing system must adopt a customer-centric approach by allowing operators to create convergent offers and promote personalized services. The system must allow operators to create a bundle of services and cater to the specific needs of customers.

What is the ‘ultimate’ convergent billing system?

Operators must look for the following salient features in a convergent billing system:

Real-time charging

Real-time charging is key to any prepaid/postpaid convergent system, as it’s necessary to enforce not only prepaid plans but also any intelligent postpaid plan, with dynamic rates or caps. The ideal convergent billing system is the one that allows consumers to keep a tab on their usage. By sending real-time alerts, the system not only alerts customers about their usage limits but also recommends better plans. In short, robust convergent billing systems ensure consumers take control over end-to-end real-time services.

Integration with other systems

The real worth of the convergent billing system is evident when it is integrated with legacy systems. This can be achieved by leveraging open interfaces and Service-Oriented Architectures that help reduce the complexities resulting from the integration. Also, the key to ensuring integration success is a vendor with a strong history of successfully integrating with a wide range of systems.

Support for an array of business models

Business models evolve with time. In the past, telecom operators billed business customers and expanded their services to cover individual customers. Initially, operators reached out to consumers through direct selling and later ramified their operations by joining hands with resellers. With business models evolving, convergent BSS stacks must adapt to emerging business models.

Rapid time-to-market

Existing billing systems fail to support modern products while time becomes a constraint in configuring individual products. The systems also lack the ability to promote the product and offer definitions as well as rating and changing scenario definitions. The ideal convergent billing system must ensure new services are implemented quickly and easily.

Allows new charging models to be added

Data service usage has reached a new high. This translates to an increase in network capacity investments as well as maintenance rather than an increase in revenues. The billing system must make it easy for telecom operators to personalize tariffs and services to customers, distinguish service types, and add new charging models.

Allow convergence on many levels

Multi-level convergence allows providers to invoice customers in a way that makes sense to them. Multiple services, pre- and post-paid, can all be invoiced to a single account, or divided into sub-accounts. This eases confusion on behalf of the customer: the services they’re receiving and the value they’re getting are clear, on the page, and all interactions with the company reflect this shared balance and account.

Robust and scalable system

Reliable service delivery is the key to ensuring customer satisfaction. A modern convergent billing system must be robust and scalable to recover resiliently when a problem arises, without creating a dent in service revenues. In order to respond to market shifts quickly with a rapid expansion of service offerings, the system must be capable of handling a breadth of transactions and ensure the security of system and data.

Like the emphasis on customer service driving changes in the telecom industry, changes in customer data toward convergent and personalized offers are creating a paradigm shift in the way customers are billed. From leveraging the promise of data to cutting costs and generating revenue, convergent billing and charging systems have become requisites for telecom operators to thrive in the market as it exists today, as well as how it will evolve into the future.

Rajesh Mhapankar

Rajesh Mhapankar

Director, Innovations

A seasoned professional, technologist, innovator, and telecom expert. With over 20 years of experience in the software industry, Rajesh brings a strong track record of accelerating product innovations and development at Alepo. He supports the company’s mission-critical BSS/OSS projects in LTE, WiFi and broadband networks, including core policy, charging, and control elements.

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