STOCKHOLM — Recently, Bahrain’s leading telecom operator Batelco launched a hotspot network for Internet access, which in its initial phase will cover central locations in the country, among them the international airport. The undertaking is a joint activity with HP and the solution is based on Aptilo Networks‘ public WLAN the Aptilo Service Management Platform.
Batelco’s commercial network for wireless Internet access will subsequently cover all strategic locations in the kingdom. Existing Internet subscribers will be able to use their account for Wi-Fi access and, in addition to various payment methods such as credit cards, one-time passwords and SMS, Batelco’s mobile phone customers will be able to use the network and pay via their phone bill. Batelco invites shop and restaurant owners and others to connect to the network in order to offer better service to their guests.
By providing a variety of different billing options the company aims to provide an efficient and convenient service for all its users regardless of whether they are visitors to the Kingdom or existing Batelco customers.
The decisive factor which worked in HP’s and Aptilo’s favour was their extensive experience in this type of solution and previous track record.
“HP together with Aptilo obtained the competitive advantage thanks to our total end-to-end solution delivery capacity and business modeling expertise for Public WLAN. Our winning team’s expertise and proven track record in design, implementation, project management and support was unmatched by any of our competitors, and proved attractive to Batelco,” said Reza Rezvani from the HP Global Mobility Solutions Center.
“We are delighted and proud to be able to supply our solution to Batelco. They are a highly regarded operator in the Middle East and are one of the first in the world to fully integrate its mobile telephony backend system for flexible authentication of users,” said Jan Sjönell, Vice President, Sales and Marketing at Aptilo Networks. “Bahrain will be Aptilo’s fourth market in the Middle East” he continues. “Last year we supplied solutions to operators in the Lebanon and Saudi Arabia and earlier this year to an operator in the United Arab Emirates.”
The network in Bahrain opened on March 31 when the country hosted its first ever Formula 1 Grand Prix event.
About Aptilo Networks
Aptilo Networks develops system solutions for PWLAN (Public Wireless LAN), also referred to as hotspots or Wi-Fi areas. The solution enables wireless Internet access at public venues and places such as hotels, coffee shops, airports and conference centers. The company is based in Stockholm, Sweden, with regional offices in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Dallas, in Texas, USA. Aptilo systems are up and running in 30 countries on five continents. For more information visit www.aptilo.com.
Jan Sjönell, VP Sales and Marketing
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