- 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 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