Kurdtel Communications set to modernize its fixed-line network with Alepo platform

Kurdtel Communications set to modernize its fixed-line network with Alepo platform

  • Alepo’s automated and convergent fixed IN platform will replace the PSTN operator’s legacy system
  • The full IN replacement will include IN-OCS, IVR, voucher management, reporting, interconnect partner management, and more
  • The converged offering will enable Kurdtel Communications to manage all its services from a single platform with support for future growth and the addition of new services
  • The platform will plug revenue leaks in the legacy system, automate processes, and improve customer experience
  • The entire deployment will be executed remotely

Monday, September 28, 2020, SULAIMANIAYH – Leading fixed-line operator Kurdtel Communications is modernizing its systems with a full fixed IN replacement from digital enablement and revenue management software provider Alepo. Apart from automating processes and improving customer experience, the new system will plug revenue leaks that the legacy system is unable to handle. The entire deployment will be remotely executed.

Kurdtel Communications’ legacy system offers limited flexibility, has hardware and support issues, and is slow and prone to errors because of the many manual processes it requires. As a result, the service provider faces revenue losses that are easily preventable using an automated platform like Alepo’s.

As part of its solution, Alepo will provide a full IN replacement, with voice charging for fixed-line customers that includes SCP, IVR, OCS, CRM, voucher management, reporting, and more, as well as international interconnect partner management. The convergent platform will enable the operator to manage its existing services from a single solution. It will enable support for new services and additional licenses Kurdtel Communications may choose to add in the future.

“Our legacy system had become problematic for our operations. We needed to upgrade to a more modern and convergent platform that could more efficiently support our existing services as well as support our vision for future expansion of our business in the region. Alepo was the best technical and commercial fit, and we are confident that their fixed IN platform will help us improve revenue while enabling us to renew our commitment to offering unparalleled services to our customers,” said Yaseen Mohammed Mustafa, CEO, Kurdtel Communications.

Vishal Mathur, VP – Solution Integration, Alepo, said, “Our converged solution for Kurdtel Communications will streamline processes through automation and ensure they are able to plug revenue leaks in their existing system. We have vast experience with remote deployments such as this one, making our offering even more cost-efficient by eliminating the need for our experts to travel on-site.”

The project is the newest addition to Alepo’s long list of deployments in the Middle East, which include a host of Tier-1 operators and leading communications service providers in the region.

About Kurdtel Communications

Kurdtel Communications is the first leading company in Iraq and Kurdistan providing fixed telecommunication services widely. Established in 2001 as a joint effort between the Kurdistan Regional Government and the private sector to operate and develop Sulaimaniayh PSTN, introducing efficient and effective services that help build long-term relationships with customers. Its network now covers most of Sulaimaniayh city, providing internet access to all subscribers as mutual cooperation with the (ADSL) provider company. It also provides international access and interconnect services within Sulaimaniayh through a reliable fiber optics network.

For more information, please visit https://www.kurdtel.net/

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Role of AAA in 5G and the IoT Ecosystem

Role of AAA in 5G and the IoT Ecosystem

Role of AAA in 5G and the IoT Ecosystem

 

24th of June 2020

Evolution of the Mobile Network

According to a report from the GSMA, the number of fifth-generation (5G) users worldwide is expected to reach 1.4 billion by 2025, which is 15 percent of the global total. 5G means a significant upgrade from the last generation of mobile networks. With its higher bandwidth, low-latency, and virtualization capabilities, it has unleashed a massive IoT ecosystem, and this is expected to rapidly boost the number of devices and users on the data network, making proper IT planning imperative. As the mobile network evolves, the AAA will play a key role in acting as a bridge between devices and networks, ensuring operators are able to maximize ROI on their 5G investment.

AAA Evolution

AAA is an important service and policy control framework, enabling CSPs to control how their subscribers access and consume data services over WiFi, FTTx, 5G, and other IP-based broadband networks. It touches a number of areas within the core network and back office, from security and provisioning to billing and, most significantly, customer experience.

Over a decade ago, the core functions of AAA were in line with dialup and, later on, DSL internet networks. Today, the ever-increasing need for improving customer experience, along with rapid growth in subscriber numbers and data usage, has placed new demands on AAA functionalities.

Diameter – the next-gen industry-standard protocol used to exchange authentication, authorization, and accounting information in LTE and IP Multimedia Systems (IMS) networks – provides a generic framework for exchanging AAA messages and defines a standard set of AAA request-and-response commands and attributes. Having evolved from RADIUS, it provides more reliable, secure, and flexible transport mechanisms for mobile data networks. It is used by LTE and IMS network functions, including the Policy and Charging Rules Function (PCRF), Home Subscriber Server (HSS), and Online Charging System (OCS) elements.

In modern networks where CSPs deliver services across multiple access networks such as fixed-mobile convergence (WiFi and mobile), the broadband network requires seamless user experience while accessing services. Within broadband networks, CSPs may have multiple types of network elements acting as service delivery points and policy enforcement points. In wireless networks such as 5G, the technology goal is to expand service capabilities in various industries using high-speed mobile broadband, Internet of Things (IoT), and virtualization by embracing key technologies like RESTful APIs. This ensures optimum performance, stateless and secured network functions (NFs), and a high level of quality of service (QoS) in the 5G Service Based Architecture (SBA).

The 5G SBA’s modular framework comprises components such as AuSF (Authentication Server Function), NEF (Network Exposure Function), NRF (NF Repository Function), PCF (Policy Control Function), NSSF (Network Slice Selection Function), and UDM (Unified Data Management), allowing deployment of diverse network services and applications. A robust AAA (like Alepo’s) facilitates seamless authentication for 5G network services, including authenticating and authorizing device access:

  • To enterprise slices by integrating with an enterprise AAA server
  • From non-3GPP networks such as WiFi and broadband

Top Ways AAA Can Help Telcos

Secure Access Control

The AAA server manages user profiles, holds access credentials, device identifiers, access policies, and so on. This helps enable various access control mechanisms such as barring access for blacklisted devices, allowing limited or walled-garden access. AAA helps implement corporate access control, allowing specific devices to offer connectivity to corporate network resources.

Revenue via Service Differentiation

AAA helps manage access profiles, data caps, time limits, and more, helping launch different bandwidth plans and implement data caps that are integral to driving revenue in broadband networks. Real-time usage monitoring helps control revenue leaks.

M2M/IoT Connectivity Management

Serving an important role in managing device connectivity for M2M or IoT networks, AAA holds device-specific network parameters that allow access to a specific enterprise network. It collects usage or event details from the network and helps identify device cell location and device online status, handles usage alerts, and pushes CDRs to the billing system to charge network usage.

Enhance Customer Experience

AAA helps push changes in service parameters and policies to different subscribers without disconnecting or resetting their connections. Operators can offer better customer experience through seamless session updates whenever a customer:

  • Purchases a turbo boost bandwidth speed
  • Surpasses their fair usage policies
  • Refills balance for a prepaid account

Monitor Usage and Notifications

While monitoring usage and notifications, AAA supports enforcement of fair usage policies on reaching the defined time- and volume-based cap. It also helps standardize customer experience based on usage levels.

Monetize WiFi Access

AAA assists businesses to unlock a new revenue stream using the WiFi hotspot business model. The AAA server helps:

  • Access time- and data-based passes
  • Enable location-based services and offers
  • Allow dynamic redirection to customized captive portals

Role of AAA in 5G-IoT Ecosystem

Authenticating Slice Access

5G and network slicing are often concurrently used, though network slicing is an architectural component that helps operators design and customize different slices that run on a common physical interface. Network slicing supports a multitude of use cases and new services through 5G and also establishes multi-vendor and multi-tenant network models using shared infrastructure. According to ABI Research, network slicing creates approximately US $66 billion additional value for telecom companies.

When a device requests connectivity for a specific slice, besides 5G network authentication, the enterprise or tenant may also want to authenticate the device. This is handled by AAA, which holds the profiles of devices that can connect to the enterprise slice.

5G Slice Authenication

Authorizing Data Connectivity

As a device attempts to connect an enterprise data network, such as a mobile device that accesses streaming services, or a drone camera trying to upload images to the data center, the enterprise or tenant may want to check the device requesting connectivity and restrict access to the network resource to certain devices. AAA authenticates the device, checks whether it is authorized to access the resource, and then provides the connection parameters such as IP address and QoS for data connectivity.

5G Slice Authenication

Multi-Service Access

Enterprise AAA plays a key role in connecting and authenticating devices to an enterprise network (slice), authorizing connectivity from non-LTE/5G networks such as WiFi and broadband. When the device tries to connect to 5G networks from non-LTE/5G networks such as WiFi, broadband, AAA plays an important role in authenticating the device, authorizing connectivity to the 5G core network function to allow seamless connectivity for mobile devices from non-5G networks.

5G Slice Authenication

Popular 5G-IoT Use Cases

Smart City

5G rollout will not only deliver high-speed connectivity globally but will facilitate the ability to handle massive network connections and unlock new life-enhancing services. Smart cities will integrate devices over 5G networks to build an intelligent city with smart traffic, smart homes, parking, waste management, public safety, and smart utility facilities. Coupled with enterprise IoT, AI, AR, and VR, 5G will offer maximum potential for service innovations in building smart cities, including use cases (slices) such as healthcare, drone, education, energy, and more. Additionally, use cases like connected vehicles, high streaming voice, and video transmission from crime sites, air pollution monitoring, and surgeries using AR and VR will further enhance lives.

Entertainment and Gaming

In both the entertainment and gaming fields, IoT solutions have played a major role in helping track emerging trends and consumer tastes in entertainment and giving users highly immersive gaming experiences. IoT caters to the entertainment industry’s three major needs: strong knowledge of the latest trends and user preferences, creating immersive content, and targeted ad campaigns. Today, users enjoy a whole new level of user-engaging visual content and gaming procedures with features such as:

  • Visible texts in the screenplay of video games
  • High-level 3D and reporting models
  • Content productions via AR and VR approach

Smart Home and Smart Building

IoT, combined with 5G-enabled tools and technologies, brings more control and efficiency to intelligent buildings and at home. These tools help control the connected home, comprising appliances, lighting, entertainment, safety, security, HVAC, temperature, energy management, and more from smart devices like smartphones, tablets, or laptops over the WiFi network. Smart home solutions leverage connected and automated homes by enabling users to centrally manage all devices from one location and provide device-specific instructions at just one click. IoT-enabled or smart buildings with AI-driven analytics help restructure key aspects of commercial buildings: construction, habitation, and maintenance enhancing the quality of life of occupants and staff. Building automation 2.0 covers smart building solutions covering space management, asset management, cleanliness and hygiene management, and environmental monitoring.

Smart Manufacturing

5G gives manufacturers and telecom operators the greatest opportunity to collaborate and build smart manufacturing units. By truly exploiting automation, artificial intelligence, and industrial IoT (IIoT), manufacturers can change the game of their business and discover innovative ways to adopt industry 4.0 practices. 5G RAN, network slicing, cloud infrastructure, and real-time data collection through AI build a strong vision of fully connected and automated factories. Having broader access to greater amounts of data, this use case revolutionizes the production capabilities of the manufacturing units by enabling manufacturers to generate meaningful data, which can be further used to enhance digitalization, create new revenue streams, identify operational obstacles, optimize industrial processes, and save manufacturing costs. Smart manufacturing has the maximum scope to transform businesses with complex device communications and stringent, costly, time-consuming manual processes.

Steps To Create A Winning Deployment

Virtualization

Virtualization plays an important role in any product deployment as it helps automate product delivery by using the latest NFV technologies. It helps enhance performance as it monitors network resources and can scale and heal automatically. Virtualizing the core network can also bring the benefit of network slicing and customized use cases such as smart cities, autonomous vehicles, entertainment, gaming, and remote healthcare. This helps build networks that boost performance, capacity, latency, security, reliability, and coverage of the application developed.

Open Standards

Standardization like 3GPP and REST APIs are the foundation on which different products and services are developed. They bridge the gap between work processes and deliverables to ensure performance and interoperability across the mobile supply chain. This helps eliminate vendor lock-in as it is always possible to get another vendor to deploy a solution that meets industry standards.

AAA Transformation

AAA Transformation helps CSPs streamline processes and reduce all of their ownership costs. With support for all access technologies, it equips them with a single platform to deliver AAA needs across broadband, mobile, WiFi, and M2M/IoT segments. Operators can boost performance and security by integrating multivendor legacy AAA deployments into a centralized cloud environment.

Digital BSS

A digital BSS stack helps CSPs deliver digital-first customer experience and automate business processes in both 5G and IoT deployments by upgrading their legacy BSS with a new 5G-ready stack. A modular BSS delivers a complete digital transformation that helps greenfield operators with full-stack deployment and replaces legacy systems that operate in a phased approach.

Conclusion

A high-performance and robust AAA Server integrated with 5G and IoT networks can be used for multiple use cases across various industrial sectors. It helps provide cost-saving network optimizations for end-to-end business processes. Advanced virtualized AAA solutions, combined with system integrations and data migration solutions, will deploy market-leading and cost-efficient services without affecting the current system or customer experience.

Rajesh Mhapankar

Rajesh Mhapankar

Director, Innovations

A seasoned professional, technologist, innovator, and telecom expert. With over 20 years of experience in the software industry, Rajesh brings a strong track record of accelerating product innovations and development at Alepo. He supports the company’s mission-critical BSS/OSS projects in LTE, WiFi and broadband networks, including core policy, charging, and control elements.

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Tuvalu Telecommunications Corporation Selects Alepo & Blue Arcus to Launch LTE and WiFi Services in Tuvalu

Tuvalu Telecommunications Corporation Selects Alepo & Blue Arcus to Launch LTE and WiFi Services in Tuvalu

With Alepo’s LTE and WiFi solutions, Tuvalu Telecommunications Corporation (TTC) aims for a swift rollout of new broadband and voice services with an advanced customer experience throughout Tuvalu.

Monday, February 13, 2017, Austin, TX – Alepo (www.alepo.com) – an award-winning, global provider of core network and IT software solutions for communications service providers, announced today, in partnership with Blue Arcus Technologies Inc., a leading provider of cost-effective mobile network solutions, the launch of LTE and WiFi services at TTC in Tuvalu.

As part of the project, Alepo will deploy its market-ready “LTE in a Box” and WiFi solutions to enable TTC to launch innovative data and voice services rapidly in the market, and enhance the customer experience in Tuvalu through real-time policy and a customer self-care app.

Alepo’s “LTE in a Box” solution combines essential LTE core network functions, including policy and charging control (PCRF), convergent charging and billing (OCS), and business support systems (BSS) onto a single high-performance platform that can be rapidly deployed and monetized.

TTC is investing in LTE and WiFi with the goal to provide its subscribers with a faster network and a better digital experience. With Alepo’s LTE and WiFi solutions, TTC can bring innovative voice and data offers to market faster, enhance the customer experience, and increase mobile broadband revenues with application-based charging, bundled content & apps, family & shared plans, and many other innovative use cases.

“As we roll out our LTE and WiFi networks we need not only a return on our investment but also a partner with proven LTE and WiFi leadership, innovation, and deployment expertise,” said Simeti Lopati, CEO for TTC. “We are confident that the joint efforts and expertise of Alepo and Blue Arcus will enable us to transform the island’s telecommunication landscape with the introduction of the latest developments in LTE and WiFi technology” he further added.

“We are very pleased to partner with Alepo to support the launch of LTE and WiFi at TTC in Tuvalu,” said Naren Yanamadala, CEO of Blue Arcus. He added, “We trust Alepo’s proven industry experience and expertise in the deployment of LTE and WiFi solutions, having participated in multiple projects together.”

“We are happy to partner with Blue Arcus in the deployment of our LTE and WiFi solution in TTC’s network,” said Vani Manian, Alepo Director of Technical Sales, APAC. She added, “We share TTC’s vision and promise to deliver rapid data monetization coupled with the real-time policy for customer needs which will help TTC provide the best quality of service and experience to its subscribers.”

About Tuvalu Telecommunications Corporation

Tuvalu Telecommunications Corporation (TCC) is a state-owned enterprise of the Tuvalu government established under the Tuvalu Telecommunications Corporation Act 1993 and currently the only operator in Tuvalu. TTC provides fixed line telephone communications and internet services to subscribers on each island and mobile phone services on Funafuti, Vaitupu, Nukulaelae, Nanumea, and Niutao. Apart from a few services operated by the ICT department and other Government Agencies, TTC owns and operates most the ICT/Telecommunication 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., 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

About Alepo

For more information, please visit www.alepo.com

Please Note: Alepo will be exhibiting at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain on Feb 27, 2017 – March 2, 2017.

Alepo we will be located at booth 5H71, Hall 5. Please complete the form below to schedule a meeting with Alepo at Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona.

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Marshall Islands National Telecommunications Authority Selects Alepo & Blue Arcus to Launch New 4G LTE and WiFi Services

Marshall Islands National Telecommunications Authority Selects Alepo & Blue Arcus to Launch New 4G LTE and WiFi Services

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, CAAlepo (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.”

At NigeriaCom 2016, Alepo will showcase its policy, charging, and CRM solutions with live demonstrations at booth #17. NigeriaCom 2016 will take place on Sep 20 – 21, 2016 at Lagos, Nigeria. For a live demonstration, please complete the form below to schedule a meeting with Alepo at NigeriaCom 2016.

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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

 About BlueArcus

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

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In Partnership with Alepo, Bitflux Launches the first Wholesale LTE Services in Nigeria

In Partnership with Alepo, Bitflux Launches the first Wholesale LTE Services in Nigeria

Bitflux recently launched new wholesale LTE data services on Alepo’s advanced policy and charging control, convergent charging and billing, and CRM platform.

Thursday, August 25, 2016, Austin, TXAlepo (www.alepo.com) – an award-winning global provider of core network and IT software solutions for communications service providers, announced today that Bitflux, the only wholesale communications service provider in Nigeria, has launched the first wholesale LTE services in the country on Alepo’s complete BSS platform.

With Alepo’s core LTE solution and built-in affiliate management, Bitflux is able to operate as a mobile virtual network enabler (MVNE), supporting multiple MVNO operations on a single, hosted platform. As part of the deployment, Alepo delivered its advanced policy and charging control, convergent charging and billing, CRM, and other BSS modules.

With the deployment, Bitflux promises to deliver faster Internet user experience than what existing 4G LTE service providers offer in Nigeria.

Nigeria shows immense potential for 4G LTE connectivity, boasting a population of more than 160 million and rapidly growing economy. In the effort to advance Nigeria’s National Broadband Plan and to accelerate Nigeria’s development in LTE technology innovation, Bitflux will work closely with Alepo as its strategic “All Things Data” technology partner.

“At Bitflux, our vision is to enhance customer experience though continuous innovation, and the launch of the wholesale LTE network is a step towards realizing this vision,” said Biodun Omoniyi, Director at Bitflux Communications Ltd. He added, “With Alepo as our technology partner, we are able to offer a range of wireless services that are in tune with the demands of our customers and that will enable us to remain a market leader in this domain.”

With Alepo, Bitflux enjoys a proven, end-to-end 4G LTE solution that supports current business needs and future services as they evolve. The pre-integrated solution provides Bitflux a sophisticated service creation environment, enabling a rapid time to market while maintaining a low total cost of ownership.

“We are proud to be associated with Bitflux to launch a wholesale LTE network in Nigeria,” said Shivani Sardesai, Director for Africa region at Alepo. “As Bitflux looks forward to a smooth and fast-performing LTE network infrastructure, Alepo assures to deliver the most advanced BSS/OSS platform that guarantees an amazing customer experience.”

At NigeriaCom 2016, Alepo will showcase its policy, charging, and CRM solutions with live demonstrations at booth #17. NigeriaCom 2016 will take place on Sep 20 – 21, 2016 at Lagos, Nigeria. For a live demonstration, please complete the form below to schedule a meeting with Alepo at NigeriaCom 2016.

https://www.alepo.com/news-events/upcoming-events/

About Bitflux Communications Ltd.

Bitflux Communications Ltd. is a licensed Wholesale Wireless Access Broadband Service Provider offering innovative 4G Broadband Services on a state-of-the-art world class LTE Network. Bitflux is focused on helping telecommunications service providers grow nationwide.

http://www.bitfluxng.com/

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