As the Marshall Islands National Telecommunications Authority (NTA) looks to rapidly evolve the country’s mobile broadband infrastructure from 2G to 4G, it recently enlisted two U.S.-based LTE technology providers – Alepo and Blue Arcus – to deploy a turnkey LTE & WiFi solution in the island nation.
Thursday, September 08, 2016, Majuro, Marshall Islands; Austin, TX; San Jose, CA – Alepo (www.alepo.com) – an award-winning provider of core network and IT software solutions for communications service providers worldwide, announced today a new partnership with Blue Arcus Technologies Inc. to launch 4G LTE and WiFi services across the Marshall Islands with the National Telecommunications Authority (NTA).
With a vision to provide customers with high-speed fixed and mobile internet services throughout the Marshall Islands, NTA made the decision to rapidly evolve its mobile broadband infrastructure from 2G to 4G LTE and WiFi. In doing so, NTA will be able to offer faster, more reliable mobile broadband services, more personalized data plans and offers for every type of customer, and create a more modern customer experience.
“NTA is committed to providing reliable, high-quality communications services everywhere in the Marshall Islands, and by upgrading our networks to 4G LTE and WiFi, we will be able to give our customers and visitors a greater digital experience,” said Thomas Jr. Kijiner, President and CEO for NTA. “We are confident in our selection of Alepo and Blue Arcus to make our vision of 4G LTE a reality.”
As part of the project, Alepo will deploy its convergent, real-time charging and billing solution, which enables communications service providers like NTA to accelerate time to market of new services and offers, to modernize the customer experience with web and mobile app self-service channels, and to differentiate services via app-based charging, service bundles, family and shared plans, prepaid and pay-as-you-go data plans, flexible promotional offers and loyalty rewards, and much more. Alepo’s solution combines essential LTE evolved packet core network functions, including advanced policy and charging control (PCRF), real-time charging and billing (OCS / OFCS), AAA infrastructure for WiFi interworking, and additional business support systems (BSS), onto a single, high-performance platform that can be rapidly deployed and monetized. In addition, Alepo will integrate with the legacy mobile core infrastructure to create a truly convergent mobile environment.
“We are proud to work alongside the National Telecommunications Authority and Blue Arcus to upgrade the communications infrastructure in the Marshall Islands with LTE and WiFi,” said Vani Manian, Technical Director for Asia Pacific at Alepo. She added, “NTA’s leadership and vision for a more connected Marshall Islands will create a better quality of service and experience for NTA subscribers.”
This deployment marks the first partnership between Alepo and Blue Arcus.
“We are very pleased to partner with Alepo to support the launch of LTE at NTA in Marshall Islands,” said Naren Yanamadala, CEO of BlueArcus. He added, “We trust Alepo’s proven industry experience and expertise in the deployment of LTE solution and hope that the partnership will prove to be beneficial in the roll out of LTE in NTA’s network.”
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About Marshall Islands National Telecommunications Authority (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.ntamar.net
Blue Arcus Technologies, Inc., a California-based company, specializes in providing cost effective mobile network solutions across the globe. The company also addresses telecommunication needs through its rural & remote community solutions, maritime & ferry solutions, tactical & emergency solutions, and mobile network solutions.
For more information please visit www.bluearcus.com
Alepo will provide an advanced, all-in-one data monetization platform for Africell’s 3G and planned LTE networks across Sierra Leone, Uganda, the Gambia, and the DRC.
Thursday, February 11, 2016, Austin, TX, USA — Ahead of Mobile World Congress (MWC) – the largest mobile industry event in Europe – Alepo announced today a new, multinational contract with the mobile operator group, Africell, for the deployment of Alepo’s convergent data charging and policy control solution as part of Africell’s highly anticipated planned LTE networks in Africa.
Per the agreement, Africell will employ Alepo’s Policy and Charging Rules Function (PCRF) solution, pre-integrated with deep packet inspection, for 3G and 4G LTE services in Sierra Leone, Uganda, the Gambia, and the DRC. In doing so, Africell will be able to leverage this all-in-one data monetization platform in order to quickly bring to market new, competitive 3G and 4G data offers, including sponsored apps and content from OTT content providers, roaming data passes, and much more.
In the selection of Alepo’s PCRF, Africell CTO Younes Chaaban underscored the potential for next-generation data services in the African markets.
“Rising smartphone penetration and the subsequent explosive demand for high-speed mobile internet services in our markets has revealed a strategic opportunity to drive up data revenues in the coming years,” Chaaban said, adding, “Alepo’s PCRF solution will make it possible for us to harness 3G and LTE data services in order to increase ARPU and profitability of our networks.”
The introduction of the Alepo PCRF into Africell’s mature mobile network environment ensures zero impact on mobile voice revenues while Africell develops its long-term data strategy. In addition, the open, standards-based solution will integrate seamlessly into Africell’s multi-vendor network environments, alongside multiple industry-leading core network equipment providers.
“As voice revenues plateau, savvy carriers like Africell recognize the need for an aggressive data monetization strategy,” said Shivani Sardesai, Director of Sales for Africa at Alepo. “They also know, as we do at Alepo, that it takes a robust, fast, and flexible data charging and policy control solution to realize this strategy as well as overall business success.”
Africell is one of the fastest growing mobile operator in Africa. The company has established itself as the number one mobile network provider in Gambia and Sierra Leone, and is rapidly growing its newer operations in the DRC and Uganda.
During MWC 2016, Alepo will give live demos of its real-time data charging and policy control solutions for 3G, LTE, and Wi-Fi at stand – Hall 7, 7E14. To book a meeting with Alepo, please visit www.alepo.com/mwc