Brazilian telecommunications operator Linktel has installed Aptilo Networks’ Service Management Platform (SMP) as part of an upgrade to its nationwide network of Wi-Fi hotspots.
The SMP provides a carrier-class Wi-Fi service to enable and manage mobile data services across Linktel’s network of Wi-Fi hotspots.
With more than 2,300 Wi-Fi access points, Linktel operates the largest independent network of hotspots in Brazil. The operator provides hotspots in different venues including 24 malls, 19 airports and a large number of beaches, restaurants, hotels, coffee shops and other outdoor areas.
The operator also has a portfolio of roaming agreements worldwide (including with 20+ tier 1 mobile operators), allowing mobile subscribers to access its network from virtually any corner of the globe.
The platform meets Linktel’s needs for rapid growth as the company expands its venue footprint and adds more capacity to the network. It includes Aptilo’s Business-to-Business (B2B) functions, authentication, portal and charging features for a carrier-class Wi-Fi service.
It also allows the operator to offer customers innovative services such as hierarchical accounts (e.g., family plans that can connect several devices to one Linktel HotSpot account). Linktel can also offer different levels of services – for example, free Wi-Fi access on beaches, tiered plans in airports, time-limited access in malls etc. – with customised portals for each venue. The platform manages the service and user access, and applies billing and charging solutions.
In the near future, Linktel plans to use the Aptilo platform to enable Wi-Fi offloading.
“With Aptilo’s proven service provider Wi-Fi solution and their unique B2B support we are confident that our Wi-Fi hotspot network can support our continued growth,” said Jonas Trunk, President, Linktel Corporate.
“Linktel’s Wi-Fi network is an important piece of infrastructure for Brazil. We are thrilled to be working with them in delivering a truly carrier-class wireless experience to customers,” said Paul Mikkelsen, COO, Aptilo Networks.