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Service Provider Wi-Fi solution details

Aptilo Networks is the leading provider of service provider Wi-Fi access control, policy control and charging solutions. The Aptilo Service Management Platform™ (SMP) has been deployed with over 100 service provider Wi-Fi customers in more than 65 countries.

Aptilo service provider Wi-Fi service management solution enabling Hotspot 2.0 Wi-Fi servicesThe Aptilo SMP works hand in hand with the Aptilo Service Portal™ (SPA) which provides monitoring, reporting and tailored statistics for different user groups through dedicated venue portals for a service provider Wi-Fi deployment. The user experience is controlled by the Aptilo Access Controller™ (AC) or third-party access gateways which securely communicates with the Aptilo SMP and oversees access and QoS control.

Fast-track your service provider Wi-Fi deployment

Aptilo offers a fast-track to launch service provider Wi-Fi with our pre-integrated functions for subscriber management, billing, web portals, access control as well as statistics and reporting all optimized to work together on a single scalable system – the Aptilo Service Management Platform. What this means for you as a Wi-Fi service provider is faster time-to-market and happy subscribers with the best user experience available today.

"Aptilo´s products are extremely stable, which has radically reduced the time we need to spend on support and maintenance. This means that we have been able to free valuable time for development of our services." Anjali Bhatnagar, Nordic product manager for wireless networks, Telenor

 

Just add the service provider Wi-Fi radio networkAptilo's pre-integrated wireless service management system for fast-track service provider Wi-Fi deployments

The pre-integrated Aptilo Service Management Platform (SMP) has all functionality needed to build a service provider Wi-Fi hotspot 2.0 service. All you need to do is to add the Wi-Fi network and optionally integrate with your existing OSS/BSS systems. The AAA+ and Policy PCRF+ core in Aptilo SMP is responsible for the important access control, policy management and charging for the service provider Wi-Fi deployment. This is a case where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, which is why we have added a “plus” to the standard terms. These plus values include:

  • A unique tight integration between the policy and charging functions
  • Advanced APIs
  • Aptilo ServiceGlue™ – Intelligent database interface and configurable functions facilitating integration with existing systems
  • Dynamic Account Engine
  • 3rd party gateway adapters
  • Extensive native interfaces toward OSS/BSS and mobile core
  • Session management
  • RADIUS and Diameter support and translation between them.
  • Wholesale support
  • Intelligent roaming
  • Policies for differentiated services including schedules based on day of week and time of day.

Furthermore, the Aptilo SMP comes with a number of optional pre-integrated additional functions for Prepaid & Charging, Subscriber Management, Web Portals, Statistics & Reporting and Access Control.

"From being just one of the many services that we provide, our Wi-Fi  offering has rapidly become a strategic tool for optimizing the use of our  network assets. The ability to offer customers a first-class user experience  gives us a competitive edge." John Bermingham, Senior Product Manager - Data Products, eircom Group

Aptilo service provider Wi-Fi payment optionsJust name the service provider Wi-Fi business model you need

In our over 90 service provider Wi-Fi deployments, we have been through all business models there is including recurring credit-card billing and exotic payment options such as prepaid through ATM machines. No matter what business models you need we are confident that we will be able to accommodate it. Learn more in our Aptilo Service Management Platform in-depth section:

 

Just name the capacity you need

Using the same software on different hardware platforms, the Aptilo Access Controller can scale from as low as 200 concurrent users on a silent small form factor PC all the way up to 12.000 concurrent users on a cluster system.

One Aptilo Access Controller Software, three deploymentsFor even higher capacity on a single node we recommend gateways from one of our partners such as the Alcatel Lucent 7750, the Cisco ISG or the Ericsson SmartEdge BNG.

We are ready to enable service provider Wi-Fi services with Hotspot 2.0

Hotspot 2.0 is a new Wi-Fi standard put forth by the Wi-Fi Alliance that will have a significant impact on travelers. Hotspot 2.0 is designed to make Wi-Fi as secure and easy to use as mobile networks. When entering a new mobile network, users will be able to simply turn on their mobile phone. Mobile services will work instantly and be billed by the home operator through roaming. With Wi-Fi today users often need to manually find available Wi-Fi networks, and then sign up and pay for it online. Hotspot 2.0 is designed to eliminate this hassle.

Hotspot 2.0 enables compatible mobile devices to automatically and silently discover Wi-Fi access points that have roaming agreements with the user’s home network, then automatically and securely connect. This will open up new business opportunities for service provider Wi-Fi when a critical mass of Hotspot 2.0-enabled Wi-Fi access points and devices have been rolled out.

Learn more about the role of the Aptilo Service Management System™ in a Hotspot 2.0 Wi-Fi network.

Do you already have a legacy Wi-Fi hotspot system?

No problem, we can integrate with what you have and even emulate some of the existing functionality utilizing the Aptilo ServiceGlue™ concept. However, some times it may be a better idea to replace what you have rather than building on something that will not hold the test of time. Learn more in our Wireless ISP section about some scenarios and customer testimonials where we have successfully replaced legacy systems with the Aptilo Service Management Platform for service provider Wi-Fi.