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IS, Accuris launch pan-African IoT network

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Internet Solutions (IS) has partnered with Dublin-based Accuris Networks to introduce a seamless continentwide WiFi network to global carriers, multinational companies and local Internet service providers.
Internet Solutions’ various independent WiFi networks in the region are now consolidated using the Accuris WiFi Server, enabling a carrier-grade, homogenous network accessible anywhere with single sign-on.
This creates a pan-African WiFi fabric for Internet of Things (ioT) applications demanding a consistent, low-cost, IP access network.
“WiFi continues to be one of the most viable and cost-effective connectivity solutions to meet Africa’s increasing bandwidth demands,” says Kervin Pillay, chief technology officer at Internet Solutions.
“Like individual consumers, our business users expect always-available connectivity that is fast, affordable and seamless. In other words, connectivity in Africa that is as reliable as connectivity wherever else their customers are located. Installing the Accuris WiFi Server is part of an ongoing process of upgrading our infrastructure, services and technology to deliver on this promise.”
Using this continental network, mobile network operators can access WiFi offload services to address capacity demands of their smartphone users, while inbound roamers can resell Wi-Fi to subscribers who require high-quality broadband while traveling.
In-country ISPs can now monetise connectivity in venues and hospitality locations using managed captive portal and landing page services for private WiFi networks – an offering common in South Africa but less so elsewhere in the region.
“The decision to partner with Accuris Networks for this project was an easy one, given the company’s history and expertise as a trusted provider of cloud-based security, identity, and access management for carrier WiFi networks,” says Pillay.
Accuris Networks is a leader in carrier Wi-Fi services, enabling WiFi roaming and hub services for WiFi network providers and mobile network operators. With the Accuris WiFi Server SaaS platform, service providers can quickly interconnect with other Wi-Fi providers and mobile operators to enable low-cost access to data services while subscribers are traveling as well as domestic data offload.
“Internet Solutions is a provider of choice, delivering IP connectivity to one of the world’s fastest growing markets,” says Jeff Brown, CEO of Accuris. “Accuris is pleased to provide Internet Solutions a powerful yet cost-effective carrier-grade platform to meet the demands of a growing subscriber base.”
Internet Solutions is using key elements of the WiFi Server platform including:
* Accuris eNAC captive portal system designed specifically for the scalability and multi-tenancy required by service providers;
* Accuris eAAA server to support diverse authentication, security and identity management protocols;
* Accuris eAnalytics, a Hadoop-based big-data collection, analysis and presentation module; and
* Accuris CONNECT which facilitates inter-connectivity between other Wi-Fi hub platforms.