Integrated Connections to the WeRoam Service Make it Easy for Hotspot Operators to Get Started in the World of Roaming
STOCKHOLM — WeRoam, the market’s leading WLAN roaming platform and Aptilo Networks, the leading provider of carrier-class PWLAN solutions are today disclosing their plans to enter into a partnership. The WeRoam service will be added to the Aptilo Service Management Platform as a standard option, which means that operators and wireless Internet service providers (WISPs), using the Aptilo platform to administrate their hotspot networks, soon will be able to activate a roaming connection to the thousands of hotspot locations in the WeRoam network simply by the click of a button.
By connecting to the global WeRoam roaming platform, service providers using the Aptilo solution will be able to achieve better capacity utilization of their wireless network as their hotspots will be available to customers of international mobile operators and telecommunications companies, without the need for prior registration.
WeRoam has internationally over 8.000 Wi-Fi hotspots connected to their open roaming platform, as a result of a very successful bridging between international WISPs and well-known mobile operators.
Service providers such as Copenhagen Airport, the Spanish WISP KubiWireless, who are using the Aptilo service platform have already decided to take advantage of WeRoam´s open roaming platform.
Aptilo and Gemtek Systems will be demonstrating the interopability between their components live at the Wireless LAN Event in London, Europe’s largest exhibition for wireless public Wi-Fi network access solutions (London 6th – 7th April 2004, Olympia, Stand 310 / Gemtek Systems and Stand 915 / Aptilo Networks).
WeRoam is the trading name of Swiss company TOGEWAnet AG. Established in 2001 and owned by TOGEWA Holding and Infonet Services Corporation, WeRoam specializes in mobility management and roaming optimization solutions for the mobile and wireless telecommunications sector.
The WeRoam service facilitates the seamless integration of WLAN and GSM network technologies, enabling global roaming for WLAN services and thereafter facilitating automatic and secures roaming between WLAN, GSM and GPRS. Key solutions found in GSM technology have been adopted to make up the WeRoam service, which provides secure authentication, signalling conversion, clearing and settlement services (based on TAP – Transferred Account Procedure) and management of contractual roaming agreements. This positions WeRoam as the only open roaming platform supporting all relevant authenticcation methods for WLAN Roaming such as SIM, Radius and EAP SIM. Registration is pending to patent WeRoam’ innovative SIM based WLAN Roaming technology.
The subscriber will benefit from greater roaming coverage and the convenience of swapping between different standards with the additional advantage of having a single identity, thus receiving only one bill from his home network operator despite having visited a number of operators and countries and having used different mobile standards.
Close ties with its’ sister company, Comfone AG, also founded by the umbrella company of TOGEWA Group, allow TOGEWAnet to benefit from Comfone’ depth of experience in offering a wide range of roaming services to GSM operators.
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. More than four years of technology development have been invested in the creation of a feature-rich, flexible PWLAN solution that is carrier class and extremely scalable to fit nationwide telecommunication operators as well as local wireless service providers. The solution can be used for a variety of business models and supports a number of payment and authentication methods. With installations in more than 30 countries on five continents, Aptilo is the leading player in its field.
The company is based in Stockholm, Sweden, with regional offices in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Dallas, in Texas, USA. More information about Aptilo Networks can be found at www.aptilo.com.
Oliver Schwartz, Schwartz Communications for WeRoam
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Jan Sjönell, Director Sales and Marketing
Aptilo Networks AB
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Paul Mikkelsen, VP Sales
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