Ireland’s eircom Group Deploys Aptilo’s Mobile Data Offloading Solution
STOCKHOLM, March 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –
Aptilo Networks, the leading provider of mobile data offloading solutions, today
announced that Ireland’s eircom Group, the largest telecommunications operator in Ireland,
has bundled Wi-Fi services with all of their data plans using the Aptilo solutions for
carrier-class Wi-Fi [http://www.aptilo.com/solutions_hotspot.htm ] service management and
mobile data offloading [http://www.aptilo.com/solutions_mobile-data-offloading.htm ].
Being a pioneer among operators with its first Wi-Fi network deployed in 2002 – using
the Aptilo service management solution – eircom broadband, eMobile and Meteor customers
are now leveraging the network as an important customer acquisition and retention tool by
providing seamless, secure offload of data from their 3G networks to Wi-Fi. For eircom
broadband, eMobile and Meteor customers, the Aptilo mobile data offload solution means
faster data speeds and exceptional ease-of-use.
For customers using laptop computers, Aptilo’s offload solution works hand-in-hand
with the EasyConnect software client from Birdstep Technology which silently obtains login
credentials from the Aptilo Credential Server via SMS. This enables an automated login
process to the Wi-Fi network. The EasyConnect software is pre-installed on all eircom,
eMobile and Meteor 3G USB modems.
For other devices like smartphones, users are provisioned with login credentials via a
manual SMS exchange with the Aptilo Credential Server.
The login page to the Wi-Fi service has a special version adapted specifically for
Apple iPhones and iPads, which captures user credentials at first login. Aptilo’s platform
then configures the iPhone/iPad so that future logins will be automatic.
“From being just one of the many services that we provide, our Wi-Fi offering has
rapidly become a strategic tool for optimising the use of our network assets. The ability
to offer customers a first-class user experience gives us a competitive edge,” said John
Bermingham, Senior Product Manager – Data Products, eircom Group. “The key to a successful
mobile data offloading strategy is making that move from the 3G network to the Wi-Fi
network truly invisible to the user. We are already exploring more options in Aptilo’s
innovative mobile data offloading solution to make this move seamless for all our
Aptilo’s service management system enables carrier-class, secure and manageable Wi-Fi
services. For eircom Group, Aptilo’s system also delivers service provisioning and
simplified account creation. It also offers eircom-meteor customers the convenience of
account management through a consumer-facing WEB portal.
Users who are not eircom broadband, eMobile or Meteor customers can sign up for 10
minutes of free Wi-Fi access per day and then top-up for the rest of the day for 1 EUR via
credit card or SMS payment.
“The mobile data offloading market is growing exponentially and is a perfect fit for
our offerings. Very few of Aptilo’s competitors can provide a holistic approach that
includes carrier-class Wi-Fi service management, a multitude of authentication methods for
Wi-Fi usage including SIM authentication and tight integration with the mobile core and
OSS/BSS for policy and charging,” said Torbjorn Ward, CEO, Aptilo Networks.
For more information:
Carrier-class Wi-Fi – http://www.aptilo.com/solutions_hotspot.htm
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About eircom Group
eircom is the principal provider of fixed-line and mobile telecommunications services
in Ireland with approximately 2 million fixed and mobile customers. eircom has the most
extensive fixed-line telecommunications network in Ireland in terms of both capacity and
geographic reach. The company provides a comprehensive range of advanced voice, data and
Internet services to the residential, business, enterprise and wholesale markets. Our
mobile division, Meteor, was acquired on 23rd November 2005 and is the third largest
mobile operator in Ireland. We launched our new mobile service eMobile on 29th September
About Aptilo Networks
Aptilo Networks is a leading provider of systems to manage mobile data services for
Wi-Fi, WiMAX and 3G/LTE networks, including mobile data offloading. Aptilo’s carrier-class
solutions boast pre-integrated authentication, policy control and charging functions to
maximize functionality and fast-track deployments while minimizing impact on existing
systems. Aptilo’s solutions are currently in operation in more than 50 countries. For more
information, please visit http://www.aptilo.com
For further information please contact:
Hillary Call, Public Relations Manager Aptilo Networks AB c/o Call Communications P: +1-917-414-9262 email@example.com
SOURCE Aptilo Networks