Batelco and Aptilo partner on Wifi in Bahrain

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Batelco and Aptilo Networks have entered into a partnership to deliver B2B or B2B2C Wifi services in Bahrain.

Batelco selected the Aptilo Service Management Platform (SMP) with the Aptilo SMP Venue Wifi Manager to deploy a nationwide managed Wifi service.

“We were looking for a vendor-agnostic solution that could match our high ambitions in scaling our Wifi 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 Abderrahmane Mounir, general manager of enterprise at Batelco.

“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.”

In addition, Batelco will deploy an additional Wifi connection (SSID) exclusively for Batelco subscribers at most public locations.

As a result, when Batelco mobile subscribers turn on their Wifi, they will instantly connect to the secure Wifi network at these locations. It is the SIM-authentication functionality of the Aptilo SMP that 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 of sales Middle East and Africa, 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.”

At the start of the year, Batelco introduced a Google Cloud Interconnect to expand its exiting cloud connect solutions.

Through the introduction of Google Cloud Batelco strengthens its existing cloud services which includes AWS Direct Connect and Microsoft Express Route. It also boosts the company’s global connectivity solutions.