STOCKHOLM – Fanoos Telecom, a licensed telecommunications service operator in Iraq, has selected Aptilo Networks, the global leader in pre-integrated solutions for control of billing, user services and access in wireless networks including Wi-Fi, WiMAX™ and LTE, to enable Fanoos’ new WiMAX network in northern Iraq utilizing the Aptilo WiMAX CSN System™. Aptilo is providing the complete backend of the network, including prepaid billing capabilities.
Fanoos will begin deployment of WiMAX network in Sulaimaniyah, Mosul and Kirkuk, utilizing the existing tower infrastructure from AsiaCell. Rollout is expected to be complete by the end of the year. The network will address both the residential and enterprise markets and address a market with a population more than 10 million. Aptilo will enable a multitude of different business models including payment via premium SMS and vouchers.
Additionally, Aptilo’s WiMAX CSN System will serve as a foundation to enable a future Wi-Fi hotspot network, providing a cost-effective means to connect Wi-Fi hotspots throughout Iraq with WiMAX infrastructure as backhaul and opening up new market opportunities for Fanoos. Aptilo’s solution also enables full interoperability between the various WiMAX vendors and products involved in the Fanoos deployment, to deliver exceptional scalability and streamline costs.
“Aptilo’s WiMAX solution allows us to rollout the network very quickly, and positions us well for future network expansion, including into a secondary business model of offering Wi-Fi hotspots,” said Hiwa Rauf, CEO, Fanoos Telecom. “Aptilo’s proven technology is ideal for this large-scale, growing network, which we hope to build into the largest in Iraq.”
Aptilo’s WiMAX CSN System is the first pre-integrated, ready to deploy wireless broadband data and voice services solution for mobile WiMAX AAA and service control. Unique multi-access, multi-service support allows for management of bundled data and multimedia services over WiMAX, and Wi-Fi networks within the same platform. It is based on the Aptilo AAA+ (Authentication, Authorization and Accounting) Core, which provides service management, access control (including intelligent roaming), policy management and advanced billing capabilities (such as prepaid and hotlining) for wireless and fixed networks.
“Fanoos Telecom is paving the way for advanced communications in Iraq,” said Jan Sjonell, Managing Director, Asia/Middle East, Aptilo Networks. “With a quarter million voice subscribers, Fanoos can tap into this established market leadership to deliver advanced 4G mobile broadband to help bring this next level of connectivity to residents and businesses, which will also spark new economic growth.”
About Fanoos Telecom
Fanoos Telecom is a licensed telecommunications service operator providing voice and data services through utilization of CDMA system for voice and narrow band data services and WiMAX for wireless broadband services.
The company has more than 250,000 voice subscribers in northern regions of Iraq and is in the final phases of deploying a WiMAX network. It’s headquartered in Sulaimaniyah, Iraq and is a privately owned company. Fanoos is a strategic partner of AsiaCell and partly owned by Qtel International.
About Aptilo Networks
Aptilo Networks is the global leader in pre-integrated management solutions for control of billing, user services and access in Wi-Fi, WiMAX™ and LTE networks. Aptilo has become the provider of choice for service providers, enterprises and municipalities in need of a rapidly deployable, scalable service management and policy control solution for wireless networks. From smaller installations to large carrier networks, Aptilo’s solutions have been deployed in more than 45 countries. For more information, please visit www.aptilo.com.
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