STOCKHOLM — In collaboration with HP, Aptilo Networks has entered into an agreement with Telecom New Zealand (TNZ), the country’s largest telecom operator. Aptilo will supply a system to enable TNZ to introduce a prepaid payment model to access its network of wireless Wi-Fi hotspots throughout New Zealand.
TNZ currently has over 220 hotspots at hotels, cafés, libraries and conference centres throughout the North and South Islands. This number will rise to over 400 in the next twelve months.
“We are also now looking into providing the Telecom wireless hotspot service on the ferries and in the future onto planes and trains,” says Paul Stoddart, Head of Telecom Wi-Fi. “Our aim is to provide ubiquitous coverage at venues which have a high public transit and or pause profile.”
This development will give TNZ a flexible platform for the introduction of new payment models in the future.
“Both business models and public use of the Internet are developing rapidly, so the infrastructure must be flexible enough to allow for future growth and adaptation,” says Jan Sjönell, responsible for the Asian market at Aptilo Networks. “The wireless broadband network based on Wi-Fi and WiMax is steadily growing, and within a few years these will be integrated with today’s 3G networks. Aptilo’s solution handles today’s needs in administrating Wi-Fi and WiMax networks, and is also capable of handling the forthcoming convergence.”
Internet connection via the Telecom wireless hotspots currently costs NZ$ 9.95 per hour inc GST. At present, customers can choose between paying by Visa or Master card, wireless hotspot prepaid card, or by submitting user name and password if they are a TNZ Xtra customer.
The Aptilo system has now been integrated into TNZ’s existing infrastructure, and is run in their data centre on powerful HP Proliant server platforms. Under the agreement, Aptilo will also be responsible for remote monitoring of the system. A central helpdesk provides technical support and analyses problems.
“Aptilo has great experience of helping Internet providers all over the world introduce public wireless networks. Also, they were able to present an extremely scalable solution with flexible methods of payment,” explains Stoddart.
Now installed with operators and other businesses in more than 30 countries, Aptilo’s solution allows sophisticated, centralised administration, authorisation checks, and monitoring of the entire network.
Hillary Call, Public Relations Manager
Aptilo Networks AB
P: +1 917 414-9262