- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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/
With the new fully convergent billing system, the National Telecommunications Authority (NTA) will have the ability to respond to shifting needs in the island nation with the flexibility to support new services. Further, Alepo’s solution will enable NTA to roll out new, competitive 2G, 3G, 4G, and fixed-line data and voice plans, and to manage and monetize those service offerings from a single converged solution.
Thursday, June 7, 2018, Austin, TX, USA – Alepo, an award-winning provider of core network and IT software solutions for communications service providers worldwide, announced today that NTA Marshall Islands has selected its convergent billing solution as one of the key platforms for its large-scale IT transformation project. NTA Marshall Islands will implement Alepo’s solution to consolidate legacy billing systems onto the already existing Alepo LTE platform with a smooth and successful migration to the advanced platform.
With Alepo’s fully convergent BSS platform, NTA will migrate their existing 2G, PSTN, ADSL, WiFi and IPTV subscribers, offering greater flexibility and a new level of digitized customer experience. By eliminating the dependency on multiple legacy platforms, NTA will also lower its total cost of ownership. Alepo’s solution for NTA will include interconnect billing, mediation, data warehouse management and CRM.
The new convergent billing solution means NTA will be able to offer a range of prepaid and postpaid voice and data plans. It will include a complete back-end solution designed to allow NTA to quickly design and launch nuanced, policy-driven bundles – such as on-demand bandwidth, family plans and location-based offers – targeted to the specific needs of the operator’s customer base.
Thomas Kijiner, Jr, President and CEO of NTA, said, “With our legacy system, we found it difficult to respond in a timely manner to evolving customer needs. With Alepo’s solution, however, we are primed to respond to market changes as soon as they appear. It’s important to be able to offer a breadth of plans perfectly targeted to our customers’ needs. This flexible and robust new solution will enable us to offer customers enhanced flexibility and capabilities to launch new services easily.”
Vani Manian, Technical Director for APAC, Alepo, said, “Alepo’s solution creates greater data monetization opportunities while simultaneously reducing the overall service activation and delivery costs. Alepo’s expertise and comprehensive billing solution will enable NTA to enhance the customer experience and create the foundation to build a profitable business in Marshall Islands.”
Alepo has several other deployments in the Pacific Islands, including a complete BSS for Tuvalu Telecommunications Corporation in Tuvalu.
Marshall Islands National Telecommunications Authority is a private corporation with significant ownership by the national government. It is the authorized sole provider of telecommunications services and is responsible for providing domestic and international voice, fax, data, and internet services to and from the Marshall Islands.
For more information, please visit www.minta.mh
- The nomination recognizes the innovation and originality of using NFV for an all-in-one carrier-grade WiFi offload and monetization solution
- The solution has been deployed across South America by both telecommunication companies and banks
- The awards will be announced as part of the 5G & LTE Latin America event, scheduled for April 24-26, 2018
Rio de Janeiro, Monday, April 23, 2018: Core network and IT software solutions provider Alepo has been nominated for the 2018 5G & LTE Latin America Awards, slated for later this month. The awards are part of the annual 5G & LTE Latin America three-day event in Rio de Janeiro.
Alepo’s virtualized carrier WiFi solution has been shortlisted in the Best NFV/SDN Solution category, which is awarded for a new service or solution that aims to revolutionize the market and implement technology virtualization in Latin America. The nomination recognizes the innovation and originality of using NFV for an all-in-one WiFi offload and monetization solution.
Alepo has live production deployments in a variety of NFV technologies and has been deploying its core network elements as virtualized network functions in tier 1 operator networks for several years. Today, Alepo is established as an experienced and successful technology provider in this space.
The nominated carrier WiFi solution is unique in that it allows for both WiFi offload and WiFi monetization in a single virtualized offering. Numerous Latin American operators have approached Alepo for such a solution. Networks are congested, particularly in urban centers, and operators want to be able to provide their customers with a free WiFi network to improve their user experience.
WiFi enables MNOs to supplement their networks’ capacity, helping alleviate spectrum congestion and utilize it more efficiently, while reducing operational costs and maximizing revenue potential. To offset the costs of offering free WiFi, operators are selecting an all-in-one solution because of its ability to earn revenue through advertisements, capture user data from social media login, and many other out-of-the-box features.
“Our virtualized carrier WiFi solution demonstrates how NFV can not only reduce costs but significantly expand the business models that can be supported by WiFi. The ease with which our solution can be deployed, and the variety of use cases for which it is suited, have had a profound impact on the market, particularly in Latin America,” said Rafael Avigad, Vice President of Marketing at Alepo.
Alepo has been shortlisted for the 5G & LTE Latin America Awards alongside other major and innovative players, including Huawei, Mavenir, Qualcomm, Claro, Algar, Hexing, and Bwtech.
- The trade show, in its 22nd year, is the largest telecommunications event in the Pacific
- The objective of the event is to highlight new and different ways of securing digital lifestyles in the Pacific Islands
- The Pacific Islands are a centrifuge of innovation given the unique challenges faced by communities
- Alepo’s Vice President of Sales Amelia Power is scheduled to make two presentations on April 24, where she will discuss opportunities for WiFi offload, and the challenges and opportunities for financial inclusion using mobile money in the Pacific
AUSTIN, Texas, Friday, April 20, 2018: Core network and IT software solutions provider, Alepo will be presenting at PITA 2018 Guam, the annual general meeting and trade show organized by the Pacific Islands Telecommunications Association, taking place April 23-27. The objective of the event is to highlight new and different ways of securing digital lifestyles in the Pacific Islands
Now in its 22nd year, the telecommunications event sees participation from 115 organizations across 35 countries. It is the largest event of its kind in the Pacific. The region presents unique challenges for creating digital communities. Populations are geographically dispersed, and there is a sharp digital divide between, as well as within nations. However, these challenges imply that there is vast potential to increase access.
“Alepo sees the Pacific as strategic in a number of ways. We have always felt that the Pacific provides one of the more innovative markets in the world. As an OSS/BSS software company, we have had a long and successful role in enabling LTE in the Pacific,” said Amelia Power, Vice President of Sales, Alepo, who will represent the company at the conference.
Through two talks, both scheduled for April 24, Power will address the adoption challenges and opportunities of mobile money in the Pacific and how WiFi monetization can complement a WiFi offload strategy.
While limited access to traditional banking services, as well as a largely cash-based economy, implies a potential for mobile money, customers are yet to embrace the options available to them. “In our financial inclusion presentation, we will tackle some of the key challenges for mobile money in the Pacific and look at how blockchain is essential for addressing those challenges as it enables new kinds of partnerships that provide compelling use cases, which, in turn, drive the adoption of mobile money,” said Power.
“In WiFi offload, we want to look at the crucial role of WiFi in expanding connectivity with low capital expenditure and how monetization plays a role in growing your network organically, as well as in creating new classes of business products,” she added.
The Pacific Islands Telecommunications Association (PITA) is a non-profit organization that represents the interests of Pacific Islands in the field of telecommunications. Its objective is to improve, promote, enhance, facilitate, and provide telecommunications services within member and associate countries.
For more information, visit www.pita.org.fj