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Al Hashemi ... Bahrain Wi-Fi will be available to all

Batelco partners with Aptilo for Wi-Fi services

MANAMA, July 12, 2016

Bahrain's leading telecom group Batelco has selected Aptilo Networks for its nationwide Wi-Fi network which will change the landscape for communication services throughout the kingdom.

Batelco is using the Aptilo Service Management Platform (SMP), a state-of-the-art system to deliver and manage carrier-class Wi-Fi services, said a statement from the telecommunications company.

The nationwide Wi-Fi rollout has begun with a number of hotspots including The Bahrain International Circuit, Seef Mall Muharraq and the Juffair Restaurant area. Additional locations will be launched rapidly during 2016, it added.

In the first major step for the project, Batelco had provided Wi-Fi for the Bahrain International Circuit during the 2016 Formula One weekend, making it the first international circuit to provide free public Wi-Fi. Approximately 70,000 visitors connected to the Bahrain Wi-Fi network generating over one terabyte of Wi-Fi traffic.

Batelco Bahrain CEO Muna Al Hashemi said: "Our company’s effort to cover the kingdom with Wi-Fi demonstrates our commitment in developing relevant smart city solutions which help to maintain our country’s leading position on the international market."

"Bahrain Wi-Fi will be available to all, providing a convenient service to Bahrain's population and visitors," she added.

"Any Wi-Fi-enabled device will be able to connect to the network through a landing page and benefit from a limited daily complimentary data allocation," stated Al Hashemi.

Users will then be directed to the Bahrain Wi-Fi portal, enabled by Aptilo SMP, with easy payment options to continue using the service. Batelco's mobile customers will be automatically connected to the service whenever they enter one of the Wi-Fi hotspots, she added.

Christian Jonsson, director sales, Middle East and Africa (MEA), Aptilo Networks, said: “Offering carrier Wi-Fi services is an important step in making Bahrain one of the leading technology hubs of the region.”

“Batelco is on the forefront in delivering best-in-class technology and services,” he added.-TradeArabia News Service

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