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m:tel launches new public WiFi plans in Bosnia and Herzegovina with Alepo’s WiFi SMP

  • Customers can access the internet using a range of free and paid options: watching a promotional video, logging in with social media credentials, purchasing vouchers, subscribing to plans
  • Hotspots have been installed at prime locations in Banja Luka, including a prominent hospital and popular hotel, with more locations to be added
  • The project soft-launched in February, with casual plans added in May
  • Existing m:tel’s mobile subscribers who opt for the WiFi service enjoy seamless and transparent login
  • Alepo’s WiFi Service Management Platform enables m:tel to earn direct revenue through advertisements and analytics

Tuesday, July 02, 2019, Banja Luka – The leading telecommunications operator in Bosnia and Herzegovina, joint stock company Mtel a.d. Banja Luka, trading as m:tel, has introduced a range of free and paid WiFi plans. To facilitate the rollout, m:tel has employed digital enablement and revenue management software provider Alepo’s WiFi Service Management Platform (SMP).

The project has progressed in phases since February, with hotspots installed at prime locations in Banja Luka, including a prominent hospital and popular hotel, with many more locations to be added soon. Thousands of subscribers have already signed in, giving an insight into the project’s potential once the full-scale rollout is complete. Plans for existing subscribers of m:tel have been introduced, with both prepaid and postpaid customers able to access the hotspots. Casual subscribers can watch a promo or log in with their social media credentials for free access. Paid offers include vouchers and subscriptions, including fixed-validity unlimited data plans.

Subscriber authentication is integrated with m:tel’s core network, so existing m:tel mobile customers can seamlessly connect to WiFi once they have purchased the add-on. Prepaid users can use their mobile balance to purchase WiFi offers, while post-paid users see it reflected in their monthly invoices.

WiFi access is granted through location-specific multilingual captive portals. Alepo’s WiFi SMP enables m:tel affiliates to create captive portals and location-based offers, allowing these affiliates to create their own hotspots using flexible revenue-sharing arrangements. Affiliates can, for instance, create video advertisements and share revenue with m:tel based on the number of views. An integrated analytics tool provides customizable granular reports for specific locations and usage patterns.

“As a tier-1 carrier, the security, robustness, and integration capabilities Alepo offers are essential to us. The ease with which we can use the platform to create new offerings helps us stay ahead of the competition. We are pleased with the response we’ve received from our customers so far, and are confident we can efficiently monetize our growing WiFi network with Alepo’s WiFi SMP,” said Srđan Bundalo, Head ICT at m:tel.

Vishal Mathur, VP-Solution Integration of Alepo, said, “Our solution enables m:tel to create offerings that go beyond charging for access, giving them a range of possibilities for organic growth via affiliates, cross-promotion with traditional mobile plans, and data monetization. We are happy with their success so far and look forward to seeing how they will leverage the system over time.”

About m:tel

As the leading telecom operator in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Joint Stock Company Mtel a.d. Banja Luka offers unique communication solutions unified under the m:tel corporate brand.

In the more and more dynamic BiH market, m:tel offers the latest telecommunication services in the field of telephony, landline network, internet, data, and IPTV.

With a constant following of the world trends and the latest technological achievements in the field of telecommunications, m:tel also recognizes its customers’ needs and wishes.

Aware of the fact that today, people need more than just simple communication, m:tel provides a wide range of additional services. The company offers business customers integrated business solutions with calls and data within both mobile and landline networks, which form the basis for creating sound conditions for a successful business.

Besides high-quality services and application of the newest information technologies, m:tel invests a lot in sports, culture, education and humanitarian projects, and by conducting business in a socially responsible way it influences the development of true values in its environment.

The company has achieved outstanding business results, evidenced by a record number of over 1.6 million users of all services.

For more information, please visit www.mtel.ba

About Alepo

Telecom Niue sees widespread adoption of 4G following launch, Alepo and Blue Arcus partnership credited

  • Main mobile service provider on the South Pacific island of Niue
  • In August last year, it launched 4G/LTE plans using Alepo’s digital BSS platform
  • The project has given residents and tourists access to new services: 4G speeds, VoLTE calls, digitized bill payment
  • Already more than 50 percent of the Island has come on board

Tuesday, June 25, 2019, NIUE – Telecom Niue, the main mobile operator of the island of Niue, has seen significant revenue growth and widespread adoption after launching 4G using business support systems (BSS) from core network and mobile software solutions provider Alepo.

The 4G offers were announced in August 2018 as part of the government’s plan to transform telecommunication on the South Pacific island. Residents and tourists now have access to 4G speeds, competitive pricing, and advanced data services including Voice over LTE (VoLTE). digital self-care, including online bill payment, has been added.

To achieve their goals, Telecom Niue employed a digital BSS from Alepo including a PCRF (Ro/Rx) for advanced monetization and control of data services, including prepaid billing.

“This was the fastest BSS migration we have ever done,” said Derrick Gross, President of Alepo.

The digital transformation, along with the introduction of modern services and plans, has seen more than half of the Island’s population adopt 4G within a few months of launch.

“Our goal was to modernize communication in Niue, and the swift growth we’ve seen is a testament to how much this project has been appreciated by our subscribers. We were already impressed when Alepo met our stringent deadline without hiccups. And we continue to appreciate the quality and flexibility of their solutions,” said Brett Collier, 4G Rollout Manager, Telecom Niue.

“Our advanced CRM and charging features are particularly valuable for this deployment. Alepo’s self-care and mobile application are highly flexible, enabling Telecom Niue to offer the best possible services catered to their customers’ specific needs,” said Vishal Mathur, VP Solution Integration, Alepo.

Alepo has partnered with Blue Arcus for the project.

“Having worked with Alepo on several LTE and WiFi projects since 2016, we have time and again seen their expertise in the deployment of 4G LTE solutions. Telecom Niue’s latest offering is one of our many combined successes,” said Naren Yanamadala, CEO of Blue Arcus.

The project is the third Alepo-Blue Arcus collaboration in the Pacific Islands, following successful deployment of policy, charging, and billing solutions for the Marshall Islands National Telecommunications Authority, and another with Tuvalu Telecommunications Corporation in Tuvalu.

About Telecom Niue

Telecom Niue Limited is a company incorporated in Niue and fully owned by the government of Niue. It was formed out of the business and operations of the Department of Post and Telecommunications.

As part of the government’s corporatization of utilities in early 2016, Telecom Niue was registered as a private company. It is the sole provider of mobile and fixed telephone services in Niue and the main provider of internet services.

The company’s mission is to ensure affordability, reliability, security, and high-quality telecommunication services anytime, anywhere.

For more information, please visit www.telecomniue.com

About Blue Arcus

Blue Arcus Technologies, Inc. is a California-based company that specializes in providing cost-effective mobile network solutions across the globe. The company also addresses telecommunications needs through its rural and remote community solutions, maritime and ferry solutions, tactical and emergency solutions, and mobile network solutions.

For more information, please visit www.bluearcus.com

About Alepo

Alepo India Head wins business leadership award, recognized for defying gender norms

  • Geeta Mahesh won in the Woman Leader of the Organization category of the GIWL Awards, held as part of the Women Empowerment Summit 2019
  • The award recognizes a woman who is a business enabler with strong leadership skills, innovative spirit, business acumen, and drive to turn ideas into business successes
  • Geeta has been driving growth at Alepo since its inception in 2004 and continues to lead R&D for the global telecommunications software provider

Thursday, April 18, 2019, MUMBAI
Core network and software solutions provider Alepo’s India Head, Geeta Mahesh, has been named Woman Leader of the Organization by the prestigious Great Indian Women Leadership (GIWL) Awards, held as part of the Women Empowerment Summit 2019.

The GIWL Awards recognize the outstanding contribution made by women leaders across industries and job functions. The awards ceremony, held Wednesday at Taj Land’s End in Mumbai, was attended by women in leadership positions at top companies.

The Woman Leader of the Organization category honors women who demonstrate leadership skills, innovative spirit, and business acumen. Geeta was recognized for her untiring contribution in ensuring Alepo’s solutions can drive change within the telecommunications landscape in several nations.

Alepo’s India unit was first set up by Geeta in 2004, and at the time, she was the only woman in the company. As Alepo has grown, Geeta remains at the helm of R&D and has played a leading role in every new product innovation by the company. An accomplished software developer and entrepreneur, Geeta turned Alepo into a successful telecommunications software provider that helps operators build data networks and monetize their data services. The company serves over 75 clients, providing telecommunications services in 60 countries with offices and representatives on five continents.

“I’d like to extend my sincere thanks to the awards committee for appreciating the accomplishments and achievements of women in industries traditionally monopolized by men. I am humbled to be included among some of the most enthusiastic business visionaries, and it is an honor to be chosen as the winner for this category,” said Geeta.

Geeta places a strong emphasis on building an environment that fosters growth based on ability and not gender. The industry remains male-dominated globally, but Geeta’s focus on meritocratic values ensures inclusivity at Alepo.

Elaborating on some of the practices employed at Alepo in the interest of women, Geeta said, “At Alepo, we make overtures to remove obstacles to progressing female employees. We follow multiple progressive hiring practices, management fast-tracks, equal compensation for equal work, and a compassionate approach bearing in mind the challenges women face both within and outside of the workplace. I am gratified to be part of a company where we jointly work towards inclusivity.”

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About Women Empowerment Summit and GIWL Awards

The Women Empowerment Summit brings together leading experts and leaders from across industries who will provide the direction, focus, and clarity in how to achieve goals. The Great Indian Women Leadership (GIWL) Awards 2019 is a platform that recognizes and honors remarkable women leaders for their continual commitment to excellence, developing best practices, and innovative strategies. Visit https://www.giwl.in for more information on GIWL 2019.

About Alepo

Partnering with Alepo, m:tel to launch cellular offload and public WiFi plans in Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Customers will be able to access the internet using multiple free as well as paid options like watching a promo, social media login, purchasing vouchers, or signing up to monthly plans
  • Alepo’s WiFi Service Management Platform will enable m:tel to earn direct revenue through advertisements and analytics
  • 3G/LTE subscribers of m:tel will be able to seamlessly offload to the WiFi network, improving mobile capacity and coverage
  • The service is expected to kick off in December 2018

Tuesday, October 23, 2018, AUSTIN, TX, USA- The leading telecommunications operator in Bosnia and Herzegovina, joint stock company Mtel a.d. Banja Luka, trading as m:tel, is set to roll out a new range of free and paid WiFi plans in December 2018. To enable the new capabilities, m:tel is upgrading their WiFi core with network and software solutions provider Alepo’s WiFi Service Management Platform (SMP).

Casual users will benefit from new ways of connecting to m:tel’s WiFi hotspots, including free options. Paid offerings will also be available with the addition of voucher-based offers and subscriptions. Prepaid users of m:tel will be able to use their mobile balance to purchase WiFi offers, while post-paid users will see it reflected in their monthly invoices.

Alepo’s solution will support a growing number of locations, affiliates, and additional monetization capabilities as well as offering offload for 3G/LTE subscribers. An integrated analytics tool will provide customizable granular reports for specific locations and usage patterns.

The Alepo WiFi SMP will give m:tel the ability to create captive portals and location-based offers while extending the same capability to affiliates, who will also be able to create their own hotspots with flexible revenue-share arrangements. Affiliates can, for instance, create video advertisements and compensate m:tel based on the number of views.

Further, offloading 3G/LTE customers to the WiFi network will help improve mobile capacity and coverage. As part of the solution, Alepo’s convergent and flexible AAA affords a seamless experience to subscribers, who do not need to manually authenticate on the WiFi network.

“We chose Alepo because their software and services tick all the boxes. As a tier-1 carrier, the security, robustness, and integration capabilities they offer are essential to us. They also provide the reliability we were after, while still giving us the flexibility to decide how we can best leverage our growing WiFi network,” said Srđan Bundalo, Head ICT at m:tel.

“Successful WiFi monetization by operators requires a multi-pronged approach. ROI can’t be just about charging for access, it relies on organic growth via affiliates, cross-promotion with traditional mobile plans, and data monetization. Our solution has the necessary characteristics of a carrier solution, while also offering enough flexibility to support m:tel’s use cases,” says Vishal Mathur, VP-Solution Integration of Alepo.

Alepo has a growing list of successful WiFi deployments across the world, joining the already established list of its BSS deployments globally.

About m:tel

As the leading telecom operator in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Joint Stock Company Mtel a.d. Banja Luka (www.mtel.ba) offers unique communication solutions unified under the m:tel corporate brand.

In the more and more dynamic BiH market, m:tel offers the latest telecommunication services in the field of telephony, landline network, internet, data, and IPTV.

With a constant following of the world trends and the latest technological achievements in the field of telecommunications, m:tel also recognizes its customers’ needs and wishes.

Being aware of the fact that today people need more than just a simple communication, m:tel provides a wide range of additional services. The company offers business customers the integrated business solutions with calls and data within both mobile and landline networks, which form the basis for creating sound conditions for a successful business.

Besides high-quality services and application of the newest information technologies, m:tel invests a lot in sports, culture, education and humanitarian projects, and by conducting business in a socially responsible way it influences the development of true values in its environment.

The company has achieved outstanding business results, evidenced by a record number of over 1.6 million users of all services.

About Alepo

Alepo’s AAA shortlisted for innovation award by Telecoms World Middle East

  • The nomination recognizes the “innovative technological advancement to telecommunications” made by Alepo’s AAA
  • Alepo’s AAA is virtualized, fully convergent, and provides seamless integration with non-standard CRM/BSS
  • It is being used by some of the largest telcos in the Middle East, who have seen significant improvements in their networks, including reduced network disruptions, lower operational costs, improved customer experience, and increased security
  • Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on September 17, as part of the two-day Telecoms World Middle East in Dubai
  • The conference will host 1,000 attendees, 200 speakers, and 600 telcos; Alepo will be at booth no. 51

Tuesday, August 21, 2018, Austin, TX, USA- Alepo has been shortlisted for the 2018 Telecoms World Middle East Awards. Its AAA has been nominated in The Innovation Award – Vendor category, which recognizes the core network and software solutions provider’s contribution to making “innovative technological advancement to telecommunications.”

Alepo has been shortlisted from a host of vendors operating in the Middle East, Central and South Asia, and North Africa.

AAA is an often-ignored part of operators’ networks, but it can have a transformative effect on overall network performance, resiliency, and customer experience. It is essentially responsible for ensuring that customers can access the services to which they have subscribed. When done right, the function is practically invisible. But when it goes wrong, it can mean disconnections, poor quality of service, and compromised security.

Alepo’s latest version overcomes several limitations of traditional AAA, including scalability, network heterogeneity (convergence), multimodal authentication methods, complete network virtualization, and integration with non-standard network elements. It is virtualized, high-performance, self-healing, open (via REST and API gateway), and highly configurable.

Used by some of the largest telcos in the Middle East including Saudi Telecom (STC) – and currently in the process of being deployed by one of the most established telcos in the region – it has helped operators reduce network disruptions, cut operational costs, improve customer experience, and increase security.

“We are heartened by the faith many of the Middle East’s biggest operators are placing in our technology to replace their legacy AAA with Alepo’s. The fact that operators across the region are seeing significant improvements is a strong vote of confidence for us. This awards nomination further bolsters our belief that the usually sleepy AAA market can and should be disrupted,” said Brian Scoble, Alepo’s Vice President of Sales (Middle East and Africa).

Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on September 17. The awards are part of the two-day Telecoms World Middle East conference to be held in Dubai, bringing together the entire technology, media, and telecom ecosystem to discuss the digital revolution, technological developments, and the future landscape for MNOs, MVNOs, OTTs, suppliers and the wider industry. It is expected to host over 1,000 attendees, 200 speakers, and 600 telcos.

About Telecoms World Middle East

In 2004, Terrapinn brought the global Telecoms World brand to Dubai to serve the Gulf region. At that time, Middle Eastern telecom and mobile operators were in a period of rapid growth and searching for new ideas, and the technology that would enable them to revolutionise their business models. Today, while technologies have evolved, interest from key industry stakeholders and government is as strong as ever.

Telecoms World Middle East brings together leading executives from the wider region on one platform. It offers the opportunity to learn, as well as to network and build relationships with key stakeholders from across the TMT industry.

The annual Telecoms World Awards, now in their twelfth year, are the undisputed mark of success for the telecoms industry in the region.

For more information, please visit http://www.terrapinn.com/conference/telecoms-world-middle-east/index.stm.

About Alepo

Amara Communications sees significant subscriber growth on the launch of their LTE service

  • Alepo has deployed its BSS solution and Managed Services Offering (MSO), enabling Amara Communications to launch data plans
  • Launch of the data-only service, called ananda, marks Amara Communications’ entry into the burgeoning telecom market in Myanmar
  • The service provides nomadic mobility and WTTx solutions for ananda’s customers

Monday, August 13, 2018, AUSTIN, TX, USA- Amara Communications is witnessing strong growth in Myanmar, month-on-month increasing its subscriber base since the launch of its data service at the end of May 2018. The 4G LTE network is supported by a billing solution from Alepo.

A new entrant to the dynamic Myanmar telecom market, ananda, is licensed to provide services in Yangon and Mandalay regions.

Using Alepo’s BSS solution, ananda offers a range of prepaid data plans, comprising tiered service levels, volume-based quotas, and other base plans.

Vishal Mathur, VP Solution Integration at Alepo, said, “We deployed our BSS solution for this project, and were able to ensure a smooth launch within the set timeframe. Alepo’s MSO experts continue to work with Amara Communications to achieve optimized productivity in their business and network IT operations. We are proud to provide Amara Communications with the tools necessary to rapidly expand their customer base and increase market share in Myanmar.”

Alepo is experienced in assisting new service providers globally. With experts specialized in managing day-to-day operations, identifying pain points, and providing stopgaps, it is known for its expertise in launching successful mobile and fixed networks.

About Amara Communications Co., Ltd.

Amara Communications Co., Ltd. (ACS) is a subsidiary of the International Group of Entrepreneurs (IGE). IGE is a large Myanmar conglomerate with a diverse portfolio of businesses, including trade, real estate, construction, energy, financial services, hospitality, and telecommunications. IGE is one of Myanmar’s five largest conglomerates, possessing eight subsidiaries that employ more than 4,000 people.

ACS is a Network Facilities Service Individual license holder and works with a range of business partners. In October 2016, ACS won the 2.6 GHz spectrum auction to provide 4G broadband data services for regions 2 (Yangon, Ayeyarwaddy, Rakhine) and 3 (Mandalay, Sagine, Shan, Kachin, Chin) in Myanmar.

For more information, please visit https://ananda.com.mm/

About Alepo