Atos teams up with OpenCloud to deliver WiFi Calling to Telco operators
Reseller agreement extends reach and value of new operators’ communication services
Paris, Cambridge, 10 February 2015 – Atos, an international leader in digital services, teams up with service-layer innovator OpenCloud to extend the reach and strength of its innovative WiFi Calling solution. Atos’ WiFi Calling application will run on OpenCloud’s Rhino service delivery platform to reduce complexity and speed up time-to-market.
Communication Service Providers (CSP) can benefit from the advantages of Atos and OpenCloud WiFi Calling solution to enhance customer loyalty, boost indoor coverage, and offload traffic from 3G networks. WiFi Calling is an addition to Atos current Telco Networks Products portfolio and ready for immediate adoption.
Building on their long-standing partnership, Atos and OpenCloud are bringing this exciting WiFi Calling solution to market. Atos will act as prime contractor and the provider of the end-to-end WiFi Calling solution strengthened with partnerships such as Lydrasoft for the mobile device client. OpenCloud provides the Rhino service delivery platform, on which the multi-domain call control products of Atos are built and deployed. WiFi Calling is tightly integrated in the operators’ network infrastructure and has the benefit – over VoIP applications – of providing enhanced quality and reliability. It also has the advantage of offering a seamless user experience. Customers can make calls using the same interfaces on their phones, the same mobile number, and have access to the same services such as phone book and voice mail.
Christopher Dulya, VP Telco Network Products at Atos comments: “WiFi Calling is a disruptive technology that has the potential to become second nature for mobile users in the short term. We see evidence that many CSPs across Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia are now strongly considering launching WiFi Calling and they require the fastest possible time-to-market to gain competitive advantage. Atos has the ambition, the market knowledge and the technology to make that a reality. OpenCloud’s Rhino platform allows our products to be developed quickly and flexibly, giving us all of the complex functionality required while maintaining Telco-grade performance and reliability”.
“Connectivity is commodity. Value comes from how that connectivity is used: the communication services.” says Michael Aspinall VP Global Sales at OpenCloud, “Voice remains a central pillar for CSPs and finding new ways to add value to that service is critical. OpenCloud provides an open, virtualisable service-layer to enable such innovation across all generations of communication network. It’s great to see partners such as Atos leverage OpenCloud’s products to rapidly create and deploy advanced communication solutions. WiFi Calling is a solution that can deliver value and competitive advantage.”
About WiFi Calling
The new WiFi Calling solution is targeted to CSPs, and more specifically to Mobile Network Operators and Mobile Virtual Network Operators. As CSPs face new customer expectations going forward, WiFi Calling provides them a tremendous opportunity to:
- Enhance customer loyalty – by offering customers cheap and high-quality phone calls through WiFi, also when roaming abroad
- Boost coverage and reduce churn – coverage is one of the primary criteria for consumers and businesses in choosing an operator. WiFi Calling can quickly address coverage gaps
- Offload traffic from 3G networks and reduce costs – there is a data tsunami hitting operators. WiFi is a cost-effective mean of offloading large amounts of mobile traffic from cellular radio access over to WiFi, reducing or delaying capital expenditure requirements in deploying 4G
- Monetise new revenue generating models – CSPs can provide customers with value added services related to advertising, location and analytics -delivered over WiFi.
*OpenCloud has been a global partner of Atos since 2005
Atos SE (Societas Europaea) is a leader in digital services with 2013 pro forma annual revenue of € 10 billion and 86,000 employees in 66 countries. Serving a global client base, the Group provides Consulting & Systems Integration services, Managed Services & BPO, Cloud operations, Big Data & Security solutions, as well as transactional services through Worldline, the European leader in the payments and transactional services industry. With its deep technology expertise and industry knowledge, the Group works with clients across different business sectors: Defence, Health, Manufacturing, Media & Utilities, Public Sector, Retail, Telecommunications and Transportation. Atos is focused on business technology that powers progress and helps organizations to create their firm of the future. The Group is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic & Paralympic Games and is listed on the Euronext Paris market. Atos operates under the brands Atos, Atos Consulting, Atos Worldgrid, Bull, Canopy, and Worldline.
OpenCloud was founded in New Zealand in 2000 with the mission of creating game-changing next generation software products for the telecom network based on open standards, Java and standard Information Technology computing platforms. Over a decade on, OpenCloud delivers open, standards-based network service layer transformation solutions to the telecommunications industry. OpenCloud Next Generation Service Layer products enable the agile delivery of classic and Telco2.0 telecommunication services at a dramatically lower price-point across next generation IP and legacy networks. Unlike traditional, closed and proprietary service layer solutions provided by network equipment providers OpenCloud’s large, independent developer ecosystem delivers service innovation and the competitive supply of telecom applications that runs on the OpenCloud Rhino service layer products. OpenCloud has more than 50 customers worldwide including multiple Vodafone and T-Mobile operating companies and Telkomsel in Indonesia. OpenCloud ranks as one of the UK’s top 50 fastest growing privately owned companies. OpenCloud is headquartered in Cambridge, United Kingdom.