Both subscribers and devices tend to connect to Wi-Fi whenever it is in reach. Mobile operators need Wi-Fi offload to follow their subscribers. The business case for Wi-Fi offload is both about saving on costs and reducing churn.
Wi-Fi offload: Building Wi-Fi footprint for offloading
Whether mobile operators choose to partner with existing Wireless Internet Service Providers (WISPs), build their own Wi-Fi offload network or both, they all share the same challenges. Either way, they can rely on Aptilo Networks’ vast experience delivering proven carrier-class Wi-Fi service management and policy control solutions to more than 100 service providers in 70 countries since 2001. The Aptilo Service Management Platform™ provides a highly scalable carrier-grade public Wi-Fi solution that includes enhancements for Wi-Fi offload, making it ideal both for operators that want to build their own Wi-Fi footprint and for those that just want to roam with wireless Internet service providers (WISPs). Third-party Wi-Fi networks can easily be incorporated and benefit from Aptilo’s value-added functionality for Wi-Fi offload, giving the operator full flexibility in building their own footprint and/or cooperating with WISPs.
A multitude of Wi-Fi service provider roaming interfaces have been technically verified through the Aptilo platform, including leading roaming aggregators and brokers such as iPass, Boingo, Trustive and WeRoam.
For operators that want to monetize their Wi-Fi networks beyond the offloading aspect, Aptilo offers a best-in-class Wi-Fi hotspot system with support for a wide array of business models, B2B services and payment options.