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December 07, 2010

Bahamas Telecom Launches Commercial Wireless with Advanced Billing, Charging Solutions

By Janet Li, TMCnet Contributor

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Limited (BTC) launched commercial wireless services through a Wi-Fi mesh network across the region, enabled by Aptilo Networks (News - Alert), the global company in pre-integrated solutions for control of billing, user services and access in wireless networks including Wi-Fi, WiMAX and LTE (News - Alert). The system integration was provided by Alcatel-Lucent.

The service features advanced billing and credit card processing functionality enabled by First Atlantic Commerce (FAC), a multi-currency, online payment gateway and fraud risk solutions provider, to provide guests of BTC's customers -- which include major tourist destinations such as Atlantis, Paradise Island, now using the network -- a Wi-Fi user experience that's tailored to the needs of the customer (or venue).

FAC is a secure, PCI (News - Alert)-certified payment gateway that offers a range of credit card processing and alternative payment options to online merchants across the globe. The company is now providing BTC with Visa and MasterCard transaction processing services, supported by 3-D Secure for Verified by Visa and MasterCard SecureCode. The objective of 3-D Secure is to reduce fraud through the verification of the cardholder at the time of payment in a 'Card-Not-Present' environment.

Alcatel-Lucent's (News - Alert) turnkey end-to-end wireless system integration services allow BTC to focus on its core business while leveraging Alcatel-Lucent's expertise with complex multi-vendor networking. BTC is using the Aptilo Service Management Platform, a field-proven system for delivering carrier-grade broadband access services in large public, semi-public and private networks. The platform facilitates easy and scalable service delivery, administration, billing control and monitoring.

Aptilo's feature-rich platform allows BTC to offer their customers a wide array of options such as customized pricing plans for access to pay-for-use services, including premium levels and the capability to utilize a credit card-payment architecture tailored to their clients' specific needs. BTC can also associate price plans to a specific location (e.g. hotel) or provide a multi-location service plan through Aptilo's location-based and roaming features.

Additionally, BTC can automatically process and analyze data output from the Wi-Fi service, including usage information and events, using the Aptilo platform. Aptilo also provides Quality of Service control.

BTC offers a wide array of cutting edge technology for your home or business with a wide range of products and services designed to suit your individual needs.

First Atlantic Commerce (FAC) is a multi-currency, online payment gateway and fraud risk solutions provider. Headquartered in Bermuda, and established in 1998 to create secure card-based payment solutions for e-businesses, FAC's cGate technology offers service, flexibility and security to adapt to many business and bank acquirer requirements.

Aptilo Networks is the global company in pre-integrated management solutions for control of billing, user services and access in Wi-Fi, WiMAX (News - Alert) and LTE networks. Aptilo has become the provider of choice for service providers, enterprises and municipalities in need of a rapidly deployable, scalable service management and policy control solution for wireless networks. From smaller installations to large carrier networks, Aptilo's solutions have been deployed in more than 45 countries.

In related news, Bahamas telecoms company announced that Cable & Wireless Communications Plc, UK (CWC) has bought 51 percent of its company.

Janet Li is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Juliana Kenny

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