Aptilo to supply service management platform, US Internet to offer public wireless Internet access; City of Minneapolis metro area to be first target; US Internet prepared to invest up to $20 million per market
MINNEAPOLIS and STOCKHOLM – US Internet Corp., an international Internet, hosting and application service provider, today announced a strategic alliance with Sweden-based Aptilo Networks to launch public wireless hotspots and management solutions nationwide with the city of Minneapolis metro area as the first target. The wireless solution would support both data and voice mobility.
As part of the strategic alliance, Aptilo Networks will supply the service management platform or the backend with US Internet offering public wireless Internet access or the front end. As the prime contractor on any public wireless LAN deployment relating to this initiative, US Internet is prepared to invest up to $20 million per market. In addition, US Internet is seeking other key partners to assist in major end-to-end deployments.
What US Internet and Aptilo Networks envision through their alliance is to offer “digital cities” a secure mesh wireless canopy over an entire metro area so that emergency services personnel, such as police, fire and rescue, can have instant access to required data while maintaining the highest level of mobility. For businesses and residents, the wireless canopy would provide an opportunity to bridge the digital divide with a low cost Internet solution, instead of having dozens of hotspots that don’t interconnect or are without a seamless handoff. With just one user name and password log-in, customers would be instantly connected to the Internet and experience true roaming anywhere inside an enabled wireless area the size of several square miles.
The backbone for this public wireless network is called mesh networking, a significant improvement for providing wireless coverage over first generation Wi-Fi, which was plagued with deployment problems and technology issues, resulting in low customer usage. With mesh radio technology, far lower total cost of ownership, better coverage and higher capacity is achieved.
In terms of customer service, US Internet will be able to perform remote network management support. From centralized help desk offices, tech support could diagnose problems in detail due to the wireless network’s elaborate layer three architecture, which runs on Linux-based servers, thus allowing end-to-end visibility of the entire network.
“The potential size of this market opportunity nationwide is very promising, considering we would be going after two major cities per state,” said Kurt Lange, US Internet Vice President of Operations. “This strategic partnership also marks the next stage in our company’s evolution. For the past several years, we’ve been testing wireless applications for our business customers, waiting for the right opportunity to expand our footprint. The time is here. Aptilo has vast experience in implementing public wireless LANs to service providers around the globe. With their next generation wireless management solution, we will be able to upgrade our existing customer base to a better and more manageable platform as well as aggressively expand our ability to bring on new clients, both public and private customers, by offering a more flexible and scalable solution.”
“This alliance is of strategic importance to us, as it gives our company yet another strong customer and partner,” said Torbjorn Ward, CEO of Aptilo Networks. “The U.S. market is expanding to include large hot spots called hot zones, and with US Internet at our side, Aptilo is well positioned to grow its market share in management solutions in this growing field.”
“Through this initiative, we hope to help digital cities attract more business, improve public safety, bridge the digital divide, provide a great customer experience and improve quality of life for all users,” said Eric Dentler, Aptilo Networks Vice President of U.S. Sales. “To deliver this, you need to assemble the best-of-breed components in each area: best front end, best backend, best radio and best integrator. We’ll have all that, and that’s how you minimize risk, address time to market issues and have a great business model and ultimately success.”
Continued Dentler, “Since this wireless deployment will support voice over IP with true mobility, imagine in the not too distant future cell phones with Wi-Fi modems in them, thus allowing free phones calls with no dead spots or drops.”
About Aptilo Networks
Aptilo Networks develops system solutions for PwLAN (Public Wireless LAN), which are also referred to as hot spots, hot zones or Wi-Fi/WiMax areas. The solution enables wireless Internet access at public venues and places such as hotels, coffee shops, airports and conference centres. The Company’s solution is designed and developed to meet the needs of telecom operators, ISPs and other service providers who provide professional, carrier-class access and public WLAN services. Aptilo Networks is based in Stockholm, Sweden, with regional offices in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Oslo, Norway and Dallas, USA. Aptilo systems are deployed in 30 countries on five continents. For more information, please visit www.aptilo.com.
About US Internet Corp.
Founded in 1995, US Internet Corp. is today an international Internet, hosting and application service provider. In the contiguous U.S., the Company has points of presence in over 2,000 cities, enabling those with a mobile lifestyle to connect to the Internet from almost any location. US Internet also has a colocation presence in London and Sydney. The Company’s suite of services are not only comprehensive but also can be custom fit for any enterprise-level need. These services include, but are not limited to, Internet voice and data, web hosting, antispam and antivirus, remote system backup, colocation services, disaster recovery, ecommerce services, web site statistics, network monitoring, and much more. In addition, US Internet is focused on providing its customers with superior support service, which is backed by a seasoned technology group who understands the needs and issues of today’s business and employees. US Internet tech support is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year via online, email and telephone. For more information, please visit www.usinternet.com.