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Smart Link communication and Alepo to launch Algeria’s first public WiFi service

By: Daniel Ofosu Dwamena
WiFi connectivity is set to be fixed across various cities in Algeria by SLC
WiFi connectivity is set to be fixed across various cities in Algeria by SLC

Alepo, a provider of core network and IT software solutions for communications service providers, has announced that it has been selected by Smart Link Communications (SLC), an Algerian internet service provider for its public wireless broadband service.

As part of the first public WiFi network in Algeria, SLC will deploy the complete Alepo WiFi monetisation solution, including AAA infrastructure, real-time charging and policy control, prepaid voucher management and more. Alepo will deploy a solution that will support the WiFi monetisation requirement, as well as offload in the near future. According to SLC, by selecting Alepo, the firm will be able to accelerate their overall return on investment (ROI) by creating new revenue streams with a flexible and robust captive portal that supports many business models.

Having served the Algerian population for many years with internet connectivity using WiMAX and VSAT technologies, SLC is looking to provide additional value by implementing a next-generation WiFi network to expand its customer base without impacting the services offered to its existing customers.

Following the review of proposals from several providers, SLC selected Alepo as its technology partner. SLC cited Alepo’s “strong” customer references and professionalism as key factors in the decision.

The agreement with SLC signifies a major milestone for Alepo in North Africa. The “all things data” expert technology provider has already announced several WiFi monetisation and offload contracts with tier-one mobile operators in the APAC and LATAM regions, including an agreement with Sri Lanka Telecom (Sri Lanka), Bhutan Telecom (Bhutan) and ETB (Colombia).

“Our company is transforming itself ‘smartly’ and we were looking for a strong technology partnership for deploying scalable WiFi broadband infrastructure. We are confident that Alepo, with its next-generation WiFi monetisation platform, will create, build, and transform our WiFi network in unprecedented ways,” said Mohamed Bouzenada, Chief Technology Officer at SLC.

“We are thrilled to partner SLC for WiFi connectivity across various cities in Algeria”, said Sneha Kadhane, Director- Africa at Alepo. “We already have a strong foothold in other parts of Africa and are now expanding our presence across the North African region.” ITNewsafrica/GB