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Brazil's Largest Telecom Operator, Oi, Taps Aptilo for Service Provider Wi-Fi
May 22, 2013 (01:05 PM EDT)
CTIA 2013, LAS VEGAS, May 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
Brazilian telecommunications provider Oi SA (NYSE: OIBR) has deployed the Aptilo Service Management Platform™ (SMP), the award-winning service provider Wi-Fi solution from Aptilo Networks. Aptilo SMP provides a carrier-class Wi-Fi service with mobile data offloading for Oi's fixed broadband and mobile customers. Oi is the second-largest telecom operator in Latin America and the largest in Brazil.
Homes and small-to-medium businesses share Oi's vast copper xDSL network and have Wi-Fi-capable routers. Oi is using the excess capacity in those residential and business locations by adding an additional SSID for their public Wi-Fi service. In this way Oi creates a huge Wi-Fi footprint and can automatically - through the SIM authentication in the Aptilo Service Management Platform - offload mobile data traffic to their xDSL pipeline from anywhere in the country.
The Aptilo service provider Wi-Fi solution, which delivers Wi-Fi services to outdoor and indoor locations through multiple Access Point (AP) vendors, consolidates the functionality in Oi's two existing Wi-Fi service management systems. Aptilo's solution will also be able to support Oi's future requirements and a rapid Wi-Fi expansion.
"Aptilo Service Management Platform supports all the business models that were being used under the two existing systems we had, and positions us well for future requirements," said Abel Camargo, Business Development Director, Oi. "What made our choice easy when consolidating all our Wi-Fi services into one platform was Aptilo's ability to fit into our existing back-end architecture and their support for multiple Wi-Fi AP vendors."
Aptilo's wireless service management platform was easily integrated into Oi's mobile and fixed broadband core, with SIM authentication and policy lookups conducted using SOAP/XML. Options for EAP/SIM authentication, MAC address and WISPr authentication all for the same user are enabled; the network intelligently selects the best authentication method available.
Aptilo's service provider Wi-Fi platform is radio vendor-agnostic, supporting all major Wi-Fi vendors and a multitude of features for business-to-consumer (B2C) and business-to-business (B2B) services. It utilizes multiple Wi-Fi gateways including the Aptilo Access Controller, third-party gateways and built-in gateways present in home/SMB routers. This enables Oi to select the most cost-effective and best Wi-Fi access point vendor for any given time and situation. External portal integration is done via SOAP.
"We are proud to have been chosen as the strategic platform for Oi's aggressive Wi-Fi services expansion," said Paul Mikkelsen, COO, Aptilo Networks. "Fueling Aptilo's success in the service provider Wi-Fi market is our support for all kinds of B2C and B2B business models and our flexibility to serve as the glue between any existing back-end systems and any Wi-Fi radio vendors."
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Oi is the leading provider of telecommunication services in Brazil and, after the acquisition of Brasil Telecom in early 2009, became the country's largest telecommunication company in revenues and South America's largest fixed telephony company in total number of lines in service. For more information please visit http://www.oi.com.br
About Aptilo Networks
Aptilo Networks is a leading provider of systems to manage mobile data services for Wi-Fi, WiMAX and 3G/LTE networks, including mobile data offloading. Aptilo's carrier-class solutions boast pre-integrated authentication, policy control and charging functions to maximize functionality and fast-track deployments while minimizing impact on existing systems. Aptilo's solutions are currently in operation in more than 60 countries. For more information, please visit http://www.aptilo.com
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SOURCE Aptilo Networks