Eswatini Mobile overhauls and modernizes network with Alepo digital transformation

  • Using Alepo’s Digital Business Support System (BSS) and PCRF, the service provider has overhauled its network and introduced new advanced offerings
  • Alepo executed its digital transformation remotely, in phases, and within rapid time constraints
  • Alepo’s systems have solved network disruptions caused by legacy vendors and improved network availability
  • The operator will also enable 24×7 customer support using Alepo’s omnichannel self-care platform

Wednesday, November 4, 2020, AUSTIN – Eswatini Mobile, a leading service provider in the Kingdom of Eswatini, has modernized its network using digital enablement software solutions provider Alepo’s Digital Business Support System (BSS). The new platform enables the operator to introduce a host of advanced prepaid and hybrid LTE plans, digitize customer experience with a modern web and mobile self-care, and fix network outages that were impacting its voice and data customers.

Eswatini Mobile’s legacy systems were causing network outages, making an urgent transformation necessary to improve customer experience. With Alepo’s BSS transformation, Eswatini Mobile has upgraded from its legacy multi-vendor setup to a single platform for all BSS functionalities. Along with the BSS, Alepo has deployed its PCRF, interconnect billing, roaming, self-care, and other modules. Under strict timelines, the entire project was deployed rapidly and remotely, in keeping with ongoing pandemic-related travel restrictions.

The platform has enabled Eswatini Mobile to offer its customers the flexibility of choice, having introduced prepaid as well as hybrid or cyclic prepaid plans that enable different tariffs to be applied based on peak and off-peak times of the day. The operator can now also manage dunning actions and has already seen a reduction in outstanding payments.

Eswatini Mobile now has access to business intelligence reports facilitated by the advanced analytics module, enabling targeted promotions and personalized plans and offers based on individual customer needs.

Alepo has also provided its web self-care and mobile app, which will enable Eswatini Mobile’s customers to access 24x7x365 support. In addition to facilitating swift issue resolution, it will also offer customers more control over their accounts, empowering them to view and manage their plans and data usage.

“Our primary objective is to offer superior customer experience and we’re consistently working on improving our services to meet our customers’ needs. Alepo’s phased approach to digital transformation has helped us bolster our network and services without disruptions. We intend to introduce a host of advanced and innovative plans in the future using the Alepo platform,” said Genius Sihlongonyane, Chief Information Officer, Eswatini Mobile.

Sihlongonyane added, “Our key business drivers for this project were migrating to a converged platform to ensure consistent support, and switching to an on-premise set-up to reduce network disruptions that we faced with our legacy system as it was offsite. We’re already seeing improvements in our processes as Alepo’s Digital BSS provides many automation features, improving our network availability and customer experience.”

Sameer Bhuttoo – Director of Africa at Alepo, said, “We share Eswatini Mobile’s vision to strive for the best customer experience and are happy to be their digital transformation partner. Alepo’s subscriber migration was completed in record time, and we look forward to working with Eswatini Mobile on further enhancements, optimizing processes, and ushering in a new network experience for their subscribers.”

 

About Eswatini Mobile Ltd.

Eswatini Mobile Limited (formerly known as Swazi Mobile Limited) was set up as a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) to apply for a license to build and operate a mobile telecommunications network in the Kingdom of Eswatini. The service provider offers a range of prepaid and postpaid voice and data services including roaming plans.

For more information, please visit https://swazimobile.com/

 

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Alepo’s Digital BSS facilitates Tuvalu Telecommunications Corporation’s next phase of modernization and convergence

  • Alepo had initially deployed a billing solution for TTC’s LTE and WiFi services in 2017
  • On validating its success, TTC expanded its scope to a single convergent platform for all services
  • The unified convergent platform offers support for 3G, LTE, and fixed-line subscribers
  • Using Alepo’s web self-care portal and mobile app, TTC enables its customers to self-manage all their services – fixed-line, WiFi, and mobile – from a single web interface

Friday, November 22, 2019, Funafuti, Tuvalu– Tuvalu Telecommunications Corporation (TTC) has completed the extension of Alepo’s digital BSS platform it deployed for LTE and WiFi services to support convergent billing and charging for all its telecommunications offerings, including previous generation fixed and mobile voice services.

TTC first launched data services on LTE and WiFi in Tuvalu in 2017 by employing Alepo’s expertise as an award-winning revenue management software provider, in partnership with Blue Arcus Technologies Inc. The success of this deployment validated the strengths of Alepo’s solution and confirmed the decision to converge all services onto the platform.

“On initial launch of LTE, our subscribers on previous-generation devices were still managed by our legacy system. On seeing the flexibility and capabilities of Alepo’s digital BSS and the strength of the team that delivered the solution, we decided to move ahead with one unified convergent platform for fixed-line, GSM, 4G, and WiFi services. Alepo’s single platform gives us modern capabilities while reducing our costs,” said Simeti Lopati, CEO of TTC.

TTC now enjoys increased flexibility and the ability to roll out convergent offerings. With Alepo’s web self-care portal and mobile app, TTC’s customers can self-manage all their services – fixed-line, WiFi, and mobile – from a single web interface.

As many of Tuvalu’s residents still use feature phones and previous generation 3G handsets, the new platform supports Circuit Switched Fallback (CSFB), 3G, 4G, PSTN, SMS, and MMS. The system also creates a seamless upgrade path to support newer handsets as the market evolves.

Vishal Mathur, Vice President – Solution Integration at Alepo, said, “We often recommend that our customers take a phased approach to digitalization: deploy, validate, expand. Our deployment for TTC illustrates the benefits of this approach with seamless integration and migration along the way. We are among few vendors to have the portfolio and capabilities for validating key use cases and then expanding to a full convergent BSS.”

Naren Yanamadala, CEO of Blue Arcus, said, “We are pleased to complete our joint vision in providing a single convergent platform for mobile and fixed-line data, voice, and SMS services. Having moved from supporting next-generation mobile services to providing end-to-end management of all communication services is a big vote of confidence in Blue Arcus, Alepo, and our partnership. Alepo’s proven industry experience and expertise in providing BSS and converged billing solutions are reflected in this project.”

About Tuvalu Telecommunications Corporation

Tuvalu Telecommunications Corporation (TCC) is a state-owned enterprise of the Tuvalu government and currently the country’s only operator. TTC provides fixed-line telephone communications and internet services to subscribers on each island. Mobile service is available in Funafuti, with plans to commence in the rest of the islands in 2020. Apart from a few services operated by the ICT department and other government agencies, TTC owns and operates most of the ICT and telecommunications infrastructure in the country. TTC is a reseller of Sky Pacific Satellite TV service, previously owned by Fiji Television Limited.

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

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Read more about Alepo’s growing presence in the Pacific Islands.

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

Marshall Islands National Telecommunications Authority Selects Alepo for Fully Converged Fixed and Mobile Services Billing and Complete BSS

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.

About NTA

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

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