Cable IPTV player VNet Services enters FTTH market using Alepo’s fixed broadband solution

Cable IPTV player VNet Services enters FTTH market using Alepo’s fixed broadband solution

  • The IPTV provider has onboarded 20 multi-system operators and 4,000 local cable operators as affiliates, who will be responsible for onboarding broadband customers
  • VNet has introduced combo plans, IPTV upgrade offers, and device add-ons for its existing cable television customers
  • As part of its fixed broadband solution, Alepo has deployed its AAA, Digital BSS, and affiliate management modules
  • The deployment includes Alepo’s web and mobile self-care, enabling customers to access 24×7 support and make online bill payments

Tuesday, October 05, 2021, Hyderabad, India – In response to increasing post-pandemic data demands, Indian cable television provider VNet has entered the fiber broadband market as an internet service provider (ISP). In addition to attracting new customers, the service provider is also drawing from its existing customer base of 1.6 million cable TV subscribers.

Launched in May, the high-speed service will be available in the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. In addition to direct subscribers that VNet has already begun onboarding in the system, the operator’s affiliates, including 20 multi-system operators (MSOs) and over 4,000 local cable operators (LCOs), have also been migrated. The system now has around 50K subscribers.

VNet has introduced a range of combo plans and IPTV upgrade offers for its cable TV customers, as well as offering device add-ons that let customers enjoy broadband using their existing televisions. VNet is working on plans to use this platform to eventually upgrade all their cable TV subscribers to IPTV.

Alepo has deployed its fixed broadband solution, including key modules for affiliate management, digital BSS, CRM, billing, AAA, data monetization, voucher management, product catalog, IPoE notification portal, and more. The deployment lets VNet carry out all BSS/OSS operations such as customer onboarding through affiliates, provisioning, service activation, maintaining the customer lifecycle, billing and invoicing, and enabling 24×7 customer support through web and mobile self-care.

Affiliates will be able to directly onboard customers through the Alepo CRM, and a payment gateway integration in the web and mobile self-care will enable customers to pay online for the services they purchase.

Alepo has developed customizations to accommodate the operator’s IPoE subscribers who were unable to access the service, ensuring that they are authenticated and redirected to the captive portal. These subscribers can seamlessly access the network after a one-time login using their credentials. The system also equips the affiliates with a custom feature that enables them to track which customers are online and terminate sessions when needed.

“Our goal is to provide reliable cutting-edge services at competitive prices and to emerge as a trusted name in the region’s fiber broadband market. Through this new service, our customers enjoy high-speed fiber internet in their homes, especially relevant given the ongoing cultural shift to working from home. Alepo is our vendor of choice as it has a rich track record of fiber broadband successes. As we enter the ISP market, we are confident that Alepo’s solution will enable us to swiftly realize ROI and fully monetize our network offerings,” said R. Srinivasa Raju, Director, VNet.

Prabhakar Kakarakayala, VP-Client Relations, Alepo, said, “Our fixed broadband solution is designed to optimize ISP business functions, enabling VNet to rapidly introduce modern and advanced plans. With our affiliate and reseller modules, VNet can easily manage operations with its large number of partners to scale the sale of its services.”

About VNet

Vnetservices Cable & Datacom Limited is one of the leading cable television service providers in Andhra Pradesh, India. It also provides cable television services through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Vnet Digital Private Limited, which is one of the largest multi-system operators in India. The company aims to be a single point access provider, bringing into the home and workplace a converged world of information, entertainment, and services.

For more information, please visit https://vnetservices.in

 

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Colombia’s Celsia set to modernize its broadband network with Alepo’s AAA Transformation

Colombia’s Celsia set to modernize its broadband network with Alepo’s AAA Transformation

  • The network transformation will enable Celsia to introduce automation in its fiber broadband network
  • Alepo’s AAA Server will help Celsia maintain high QoS, scaling to support the operator’s growing customer base
  • The platform includes an advanced analytics and reporting module, providing insights into customer behavior to help create more personalized offerings
  • The project will boost the network experience while lowering operational costs and improving revenue

Friday, August 13, 2021, Bogotá, Colombia – Leading Colombian energy company and internet service provider Celsia is modernizing its fiber broadband network with a AAA transformation from global digital enablement expert Alepo. The network transformation will enable the service provider to boost customer experience (CX) by introducing modern and advanced plans and automating processes.

With demand for residential internet increasing in Colombia, especially during the pandemic, Celsia is committed to improving QoS and network performance. The operator has also been encouraging its customers to stay at home and choose remote support services rather than visiting physical stores. The modernization project will help ensure Celsia is able to enhance services for its customers, many of whom rely on quality internet access at affordable prices while they stay, work and learn from home. In addition to empowering customers, it will also enable the operator to lower operational costs.

Alepo will deploy its Broadband AAA solution for the project, which includes its 5G- and NFV-compliant AAA server, EMS, DHCP server, DNS, and an advanced reporting module. The solution’s modular, open, and virtualized architecture will ensure low-risk rapid implementation, including integrations with the operator’s existing infrastructure.

Alepo’s AAA will enable horizontal and vertical scaling and ensure five-nines availability, letting the operator support its growing customer base while maintaining uninterrupted high-quality services. The platform will grant Celsia full control over session speeds to create flexible and innovative offerings. With advanced analytics and custom reports, Celsia will be able to gain insights into customer behavior patterns and create more granular and contextual offers.

Customers will also receive expiration notifications and, once their plans have lapsed, they will be redirected to the captive portal for renewal. Automations in the platform will enable Celsia to streamline and accelerate the customer sign-up process. Customer profile provisioning will also be automated, and a responsive GUI will enable agents to intuitively use the system.

“At Celsia, we are committed to providing affordable high-quality internet services that help enable our customers’ increasingly digital lifestyles, even more so in the pandemic. We encourage our customers to maintain social distancing and we want to make sure that even while they stay at home, they can access our support services, including billing, plan changes, troubleshooting, and more. Alepo’s AAA Transformation will enable us to keep pace with these evolving market needs while driving ROI. Alepo is among the most reputed AAA vendors and we are confident their platform will enable us to increase automation, boost CX, and improve revenue,” said Diego Armando Ruiz Giraldo, Design and Engineering, Internet, Celsia.

Juan Espinosa, Director LATAM, Alepo, said, “We’re proud to partner with Celsia in their mission to accelerate digitization by making high-speed data services easily accessible to residential users. Alepo’s Broadband AAA will help Celsia bolster its high-speed fiber internet services, improving the network experience and lowering costs. With the system’s advanced and flexible reporting capabilities, Celsia will be able to fully monetize their services.”

About Celsia

The energy company of Grupo Argos, Celsia generates and transmits efficient energy from renewable sources, and its portfolio extends beyond energy. The company also offers residential and enterprise internet services, as well as comprehensive solutions to real estate developments ranging from energy, internet, charging stations to the management of sewerage and cleaning services.

For more information, visit https://www.celsia.com/es/

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Wind Telecom to modernize its FTTx network with Alepo’s AAA in the public cloud

Wind Telecom to modernize its FTTx network with Alepo’s AAA in the public cloud

  • The leading Dominican Republic service provider is transforming its GPON infrastructure for its FTTH and FTTO services
  • The public cloud deployment means Wind Telecom will not need to manage any infrastructure
  • The project will introduce process automation to eliminate the legacy system’s manual configurations, boost security, and improve the user experience

Tuesday, August 10, 2021, Dominican Republic – Wind Telecom, a leading service provider in the Dominican Republic, is modernizing its GPON network infrastructure for its FTTH and FTTO services by implementing digital transformation expert Alepo’s AAA solution. The modern and advanced AAA will be deployed in the public cloud, which means Wind Telecom will not need to manage any infrastructure.

With steadily increasing demand for high-quality internet services in the Caribbean island nation, Wind Telecom decided to support its growing subscriber base by modernizing its network. Deployed in partnership with local system integration expert Ledefyl, Alepo’s AAA server will eliminate manual configurations that were required by the legacy system, minimizing errors through process automation. The new platform will enhance security and boost user experience for the operator’s staff as well as customers.

Alepo’s AAA solution will enable the operator to manage dynamic protocol policies based on customer needs. Wind Telecom will be able to send messages and windows to customers when they are browsing as well as general notifications upon request.

Alepo’s solution employs a modular, open, and virtualized architecture that will ensure low-risk rapid implementation. And, as it does away with physical infrastructure through public cloud deployment, it will also keep operational costs low.

The vendor-agnostic AAA will integrate with Wind Telecom’s existing CRM and network infrastructure. Its initial capacity is for 25K simultaneous subscribers and will be able to seamlessly scale as traffic grows over the next several years.

Elvy Durán, Director Network Operations, OPTI, InfoSec and TV platforms, Wind Telecom, said, “Alepo’s expertise in AAA deployment and success in the region made them the ideal partner for this project. We hope to provide an unparalleled network experience to our customers and we are certain that Alepo’s modern, advanced, futureproof solution will enable us to cater to our customers’ evolving needs.”       

Nicolás de León, Commercial Director, Ledefyl, said, “Given Alepo’s rich global history in delivering AAA innovations, we’re confident of a successful partnership as we work together to help Wind Telecom to modernize its network and accelerate data innovation in the Dominican Republic.”

Juan Espinosa, Director – Sales, LATAM, Alepo, said, “We are pleased to partner with Wind Telecom for this project as they help empower customers in embracing a more digital lifestyle. We’re certain that this project will enable Wind Telecom to improve its processes by introducing automation and eliminating manual intervention. In addition to ensuring high network performance by providing five-nines availability, Alepo’s AAA solution will help the operator in supporting dynamically changing traffic demands, enhancing security, and lowering operational costs.”

About Wind Telecom

Wind Telecom, SA is a telecommunications company in the Dominican Republic that provides integrated internet, online television, and telephone services to individual customers. specialized services to companies, institutions, and other service providers. Its voice and data network are completely IP. It is based primarily on 4G LTE technology, and also relies on point-to-point microwave access and fiber optic networks for the transport of large volumes of information.

For more information, please visit https://www.wind.com.do/

About Ledefyl

A group of companies with over 20 years delivering telecommunication projects in America and the Caribbean, Ledefyl provides support on all stages to build, expand, or modernize networks efficiently. Ledefyl helps achieve service goals through the integration of technology market-leading solutions for a wide range of applications, from access to core and applications. It has a comprehensive portfolio of products to deliver solutions for service providers, finance, health, utilities, and enterprises, through on-premise, cloud-based, or managed services delivery models.

For more information, please visit https://www.ledefyl.com.uy/

 

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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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Top six ways AI and CX automation revolutionize telcos

Top six ways AI and CX automation revolutionize telcos

Top six ways AI and CX automation revolutionize telcos

14th of December 2020

The evolution of CX

It’s no secret that customer experience (CX) is emerging as the key differentiator for service providers: a Gartner study reports that over two-thirds of marketers say their companies compete primarily on CX. And two modern technologies are facilitating richer and more advanced CX than ever before: artificial intelligence (AI) and automation.

AI is used to mimic human intelligence in responding to situations and conversations. Automation, on the other hand, enables repetitive tasks to run with limited to no human intervention through preset programming. AI and automation, along with customer insights, enhance a telco’s capability to deliver an intelligent customer experience. This powerful combination also revolutionizes the way telcos interact with customers, facilitating them to monitor, track, and manage the customer experience 24x7x365. Artificial intelligence helps operators analyze complex customer behavioral patterns and offer contextual services, plans, and content, whereas automation accelerates these personalized offerings.

Customer care processes have drastically eased with the help of modern, automated, AI-based omnichannel self-care, enabling instant query redressal anytime, anywhere, and on a host of convenient platforms. NLP-based bots and emotional AI can even gauge customer emotions and moods in real-time, enabling personalized support that mimics human responses.

How AI and CX automation transform a telco’s offerings

1. Automated support

A telco’s support and self-care offerings are a major factor in influencing CX. Customers today are less inclined to contact call centers or visit physical stores for support. Instead, they prefer having more control over their accounts to resolve their own issues – using the platform and language of their choice. More telcos are turning to AI technology to improve customer engagement by automating self-care and support offerings. In fact, Servion predicts that, by 2025, AI will power 95% of all customer interactions.

AI chatbots are available for a host of platforms, including web and mobile apps, voice assistants such as Alexa and Cortana, and social platforms like WhatsApp, Skype, Facebook, Twitter, and more. Having steadily gained popularity, they offer a direct and instant link between customers and the operator. Available round-the-clock, they help customers bypass long wait times to speak with CSRs and avoid lines at physical stores. AI chatbots mimic the experience of interacting with a human agent, understanding the customer’s sentiments and responding accordingly.

Chatbots also offer many benefits to service providers. They reduce burden on support staff at stores and in call centers. All interactions are recorded for operator analysis to improve future offerings. And using machine learning, the bots continue to become “smarter” at responding to customer queries, further reducing resolution times and improving CX. Moreover, AI assistants are also good at cross-selling products.

2. Personalized recommendations

AI helps target the right subscriber or group of subscribers at the right time using an in-depth analysis of customers’ past actions, preferences, and needs, which are collected in the form of data and algorithms. It is a powerful tool that encompasses a variety of statistical techniques to evaluate customers’ future actions, making it easier for telcos to showcase products and services that exactly match customers’ requirements in real-time. Operators capture buying preferences and complete historical data, which is then processed using advanced analytical tools to create targeted contextual offers.

AI empowers marketers to design custom campaigns and promotions based on customer preferences and behavior instead of applying a one-size-fits-all strategy. The predictions equip service providers to be future-ready to monetize offerings and respond efficiently to changing market dynamics, helping them not only offer relevant products to the customer but also to manage the supply chain more efficiently as they modify their offerings. This helps boost customer satisfaction and reduce churn while increasing ARPU, facilitating cross-selling and upselling, and more.

3. Omnichannel experience

A digital-first approach that empowers customers with more than just support through multiple channels, an omnichannel experience consolidates all customer interactions and history on a single converged platform. Using AI as part of a cohesive engagement strategy enables a seamless CX, empowering customers to engage with the service provider no matter what device or platform they use. It enables operators to enhance support offerings, reduce resolution times, and improve CX. AI can be integrated with support to offer insights on customer interactions across channels – insights that CSRs can be granted access to, helping reduce response and resolution times, lessen the burden on CSRs, and boost CX.

4. Automated digital onboarding

Customers today increasingly prefer signing up for new services online rather than visiting a store, even more so considering pandemic-related social distancing norms prevalent in many countries. From order to delivery, the entire process of purchasing a new connection can be automated, assuring customers of a quick, easy, and paperless process using the web, mobile, or any other digital channel of their choosing. Digital onboarding solutions help capture key customer information, documents, biometrics, and more, verifying this information in real-time using for secure onboarding.

5. Delightful innovations

Customers expect a constantly advancing service provider who keeps up with technologies to make their life easier. With the widespread adoption of tools like chatbots and voice assistants, it’s only natural for telcos to keep pace and delight their customers with new and useful technologies driven by AI and automation. One such advancement is voice and speech recognition technology, which has meant that customers can clear their bills using voice-activated payments. The process is automated, and PCI-compliant systems assure the cardholder that their payment data is protected. Operators can offer secure round-the-clock services for customers who prefer to call and speak rather than pay online.

6. Instant satisfaction

Automation streamlines the purchase cycle for customers, easing buying decisions and payments to accelerate turnaround. Fully automated background processes use mature workflows or Robotic Process Automation (RPA) to enable instant service and, by reducing human intervention, eliminate the possibility of manual error. This enables operators to deliver the instantaneous support and service that customers demand today.

Alepo’s role in boosting CX

At the forefront of digitization, Alepo provides an industry-leading Digital Business Support System (BSS) integrated with AI-powered modules and automated processes. The BSS suite includes Omnichannel Self-Care with NLP-based AI chatbots, advanced BI reports and analytics, workflow automation in all modules such as interconnect and wholesale billingdistributor managemententerprise management, and much more.

Pankaj Garg

Pankaj Garg

Associate Director, Product Management

Pankaj Garg is a telecom and FinTech expert with over 15 years of experience in the software industry. Handling digital BSS offerings is among the many hats he wears at Alepo. Always up to speed with the newest advancements in the products he handles, he takes it slow only when he’s road-tripping across India to discover new places.

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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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