Batelco is using the Aptilo Service Management Platform to deliver and manage carrier-class Wi-Fi services throughout the country. 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 during 2016.
Batelco Bahrain CEO Eng. Muna AlHashemi said:"Batelco's effort to cover Bahrain with Wi-Fi demonstrates the company's commitment in developing relevant Smart City solutions which help to maintain Bahrain's leading position on the international market."
In the first major step for the project, Batelco 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.
Any Wi-Fi-enabled device will be able to connect to the Bahrain Wi-Fi through a landing page and benefit from a limited daily complimentary data allocation. 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.
Christian Jonsson, Director Sales, Africa and the Middle East, Aptilo Networks said: "Offering carrier Wi-Fi services is an important step in making Bahrain one of the leading technology hubs of the region."