OpenCloud Targets Africa with Altech ISIS Partnership
Powerful Collaboration Combines OpenCloud Innovation with Altech ISIS Market Experience
Cambridge, UK – 17th May 2012 – OpenCloud, the telecoms software provider, has announced a partnership agreement with Altech ISIS, one of Africa’s leading software development houses and systems integrators.
Under the collaboration, Altech ISIS will provide local development knowledge and operational support during the deployment of OpenCloud’s Rhino platform in South and sub-Saharan Africa; ensuring the full functionality of each roll-out is fully maximised. OpenCloud’s Rhino suite comprises Telecom Application Server, Service Interaction Server (service broker) and Sentinel products. OpenCloud and Altech’s partnership allows South and sub-Saharan African service providers to enrich their legacy, next-generation and converged networks with market specific innovation that can now be developed locally.
With the growth of the popular Java language, it is now much easier to find developers with the right skillsets in local markets. This has the benefit of providing services and applications that take local cultural issues and needs into consideration. Development resource is also sourced and paid for locally, with positive consequences for the African economies.
Altech ISIS general manager Anton van Heerden says OpenCloud’s Rhino platform has tremendous power and flexibility. “It is also an open platform designed for fast and simple telecom service development. With OpenCloud’s technology, Altech ISIS is able to address a very broad array of needs for African operators.”
“Altech ISIS has extensive, proven experience in delivering telecom solutions into African networks,” says Jeff Gordon, OpenCloud’s CEO. “By blending Altech ISIS’ knowledge with OpenCloud’s flexible platforms, our partnership enables network operators in this region to benefit from local solutions that are tailored to meet the needs of the local market.”
OpenCloud’s Rhino platform provides an open, standards-based service-layer framework which enables operators to develop advanced value-added services, within a shorter timeframe and at a lower cost. Altech ISIS is able to provide OpenCloud with local development and operational support for its Rhino deployments throughout Arica.
About Altech ISIS (http://www.altechisis.com/)
Altech ISIS is one of Africa’s leading software development houses and systems integrators. Apart from delivering IT solutions for the telecommunications, financial services and large scale customer focused market organisations, Altech ISIS has been actively involved in customer resource management (CRM), consulting, business analysis and outsource management and bespoke software development for a variety of customer groups. The company was established in 1984 and is a Level 2 certified B-BBEE rated entity. Altech ISIS is part of the JSE-listed Allied Technologies Limited (Altech) Group, and offers custom solutions to customers ranging from large blue-chip organisations to SME’s. Altech ISIS solutions currently manage over 60 million customers throughout Africa and beyond.
Altech ISIS has proven its deep technical knowledge, know-how and market understanding. Its extensive knowledge of business processes related to customer and services management, resources management, order management, fulfilment, revenue and service assurance and SLA management has enabled Altech ISIS to engineer solutions that directly address business priorities and add real business value to customers. Altech ISIS is able to offer a complete suite of integrated solutions dedicated to all aspects of managing customers, managing resources, managed services and orchestrate any associated back-end functions to fulfil customer requirements. Altech ISIS continually delivers value to customers by focusing on areas with maximum long-term benefits.
About OpenCloud (www.opencloud.com)
OpenCloud delivers open, standards-based network 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. OpenCloud provides Rhino, a JAIN SLEE-based Telecom Application Server, together with a portfolio of hundreds of telecom applications, a Telecom Service Broker, and a real-time charging session control point for data, voice and messaging services. OpenCloud Service Layer products use commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware and software to deliver service layer agility to networks at a radically lower price-point than traditional solutions from network equipment providers.
OpenCloud is headquartered in Cambridge, UK with R&D, Engineering and Support in New Zealand and Spain and branch offices in the Singapore and Jakarta.
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