Bahrain’s biggest telco, Batelco, has signed a strategic agreement with Aptilo Networks to launch nationwide WiFi services across the country.
The agreement will see Batelco leverage Aptilo’s Service Management Platform to deliver business to business WiFi services in the country’s enterprise sector.
Batelco already offers managed venue Wi-Fi services to its enterprise customers, with the service deployed either on top of the customer’s existing Wi-Fi equipment or as a fully managed service with the Wi-Fi infrastructure included. The new agreement will allow Batelco to deliver services over its own infrastructure.
“We were looking for a vendor-agnostic solution that could match our high ambitions in scaling our Wi-Fi business both in terms of volume and functionality, and at the same time have a platform that will allow Batelco and its enterprise customers to engage with the Wi-Fi users,” said Batelco general manager for enterprise, Abderrahmane Mounir.
“Aptilo’s proven track-record in innovation and stability makes them the right choice for us to support the growing demands of our enterprise customers,” he added.
As part of the deal, Batelco will deploy an additional SSID Wi-Fi connection exclusively for Batelco subscribers at most public locations, meaning its customers will have access to WiFi services across the country. The SIM-authentication functionality of the Aptilo SMP makes the Wi-Fi network as secure and seamless as any mobile network.
“Operator managed Wi-Fi is crucial not only as a profitable business but also to get indoor footprint for subscribers. This will become increasingly important in the 5G era,” said Anders Emilsson, VP sales Middle East & Africa at Aptilo Networks.
“We are proud that Bahrain’s leading operator has selected us. Their insights in the market and the dynamics of Wi-Fi will make them very successful,” he added.