Aptilo Networks, which describes itself as leading supplier of pre-integrated management solutions for control of billing, user services and access in wireless networks including Wi-Fi, WiMAX and LTE, has been picked by DiscoveryTel Ghana (DTG) to help deploy its 4G network – a first for the African country. DTG’s 4G network will provide high speed wireless broadband access to residential and business users in the capital Accra and other large cities, it said in a press release. The Aptilo solution was provided by Intracom Telecom, the firm contracted to build the turnkey mobile network. As part of the plan, Intracom will utilise Aptilo’s Service Management Platform, a pre-integrated, ready-to-deploy wireless broadband policy and service control solution for 4G networks.
‘DiscoveryTel Ghana is a role model for 4G network deployments in emerging markets, which require fast, cost-effective deployments that set the operator up for success with new revenue opportunities, the ability to expand service area and the capability to evolve to new technologies down the road,’ said Torbjorn Ward, CEO, Aptilo Networks. ‘With infrastructure from Intracom Telecom supported and enabled by Aptilo, DiscoveryTel will be able to achieve [return on investment] quickly and take advantage of new opportunities.’
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, DTG was established in 2004 as a licensed information & communications technology (ICT) based service provider in Ghana. In July 2010 Intracom Telecom, a 51%-owned unit of Sistema of Russia’s Sitronics group, signed a USD1.2 million contract with the newcomer for the rollout of the country’s first mobile 4G network. Intracom Telecom’s turnkey mobile network is based on its OmniMAX branded access solution, and its high capacity, next generation native-Ethernet microwave backhaul platform, OmniBAS. OmniMAX operates in the 2.5GHz-2.7GHz and 3.4GHz-3.8GHz frequency bands and is fully compliant with IEEE 802.16e-2005 and WiMAX Forum Wave-II Certification requirements. Further, Intracom Telecom plans to deploy its unified Management Suite (uni|MS) at DTG’s network operations centre to supervise and manage the network. The vendor says the whole project is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year.