INWI Taps Aptilo Networks and Smartcom for Carrier Wi-Fi
WI-FI GLOBAL CONGRESS – LONDON – INWI, the third largest telecommunications operator in Morocco, has selected Aptilo Networks and Smartcom for a major upgrade to “Wifi7dak,” INWI’s public Wi-Fi service. The upgrade will increase bandwidth, support network expansion and add new payment functionalities.
“We’re turning Wifi7dak into a true carrier-class Wi-Fi network with solutions from Aptilo and leading-edge apps from Smartcom,” said Julien Muller, Manager of Product and Services, Innovation, Strategy and Partnerships, INWI. “INWI reaffirms our commitment to customers with innovative services and a first-rate user experience.”
INWI has deployed the Aptilo Service Management Platform™ (SMP). Aptilo SMP provides highly scalable Wi-Fi services to increase INWI’s bandwidth capacity and support growth of the Wi-Fi network. It also allows INWI to easily integrate trusted 3GPP Wi-Fi access with SIM authentication and backhauling to the mobile core through GTP tunnels in the next phase of deployment.
Mobile users can logon to the service using an app developed by Smartcom and available in the INWI online marketplace. The app offers the same functionality as a branded web portal (also available) while also providing INWI with valuable analytics and more granular control over the Wi-Fi service.
Wifi7dak will be available to pre- and postpaid users who can purchase the service through vouchers and credit cards. Roaming users will also be able to use Wifi7dak, creating opportunities for customer acquisition and service expansion.
“We are proud to be working with INWI and Smartcom on this project, enabling carrier-class Wi-Fi service that will support INWI’s continued growth,” said Frédéric Servat, Key Account Manager, EMEA, Aptilo Networks.
“Users want convenient ways to access Wi-Fi. Smartcom’s Wi-Fi offload app serves this purpose while also providing INWI with opportunities for branding as well as user engagement,” said Victor Epifani, CEO, Smartcom.
INWI, the third largest telecommunication operator in Morocco, delivers mobile telephony and mobile data services through its nationwide 2G/3G network. INWI is the first Moroccan telecommunications operator to deploy Wi-Fi outdoor technology. The company launched the public Wi-Fi service WiFi7dak in July 2013. INWI responds to a key recommendation of the Agency National Telecommunications Regulation (ANRT) on the development of high-speed broadband in Morocco. For more information visit www.inwi.ma.
Smartcom designs and develops innovative wireless communications software for all major smartphone and PC platforms. We specialize in solutions for Wi-Fi offloading, data tracking, analytics, IoT & wearables that are deployed to more than 25M users worldwide. Our solutions include both client functionality and cloud services for increased flexibility and enhanced user experience.
About Aptilo Networks
Aptilo Networks is a leading provider of carrier-class systems to manage data services with advanced functions for authentication, policy control and charging. The Aptilo Service Management Platform™ (SMP) has become synonymous with Wi-Fi service management and Wi-Fi offload in large-scale deployments with 100+ operators in more than 70 countries, and is a critical component of Wi-Fi calling.