World Telecom Labs (WTL) has announced a new voice component for Vivada Wholesale (Village Voice and Data), its multi-award winning system for building wholesale networks in rural Africa.
Vivada Wholesale was specifically developed so that wholesale carriers can build low OPEX, low-CAPEX networks in rural areas for use by multiple operators.
The networks support all types of pre and post-paid customers with varying telecoms budgets including GSM for every type of handset; wifi connectivity for smartphones, tablets, laptops and PCs - and connectivity to cybercafes and hotspot call cabins.
Vivada Wholesale already offers VoLTE-ready solutions which enable wholesale operators to build either GSM and wifi networks in rural areas, or jump straight to LTE voice and data.
Now WTL has added a VoIP app (Vivolve) which will allow either the wholesale carrier– or the operators themselves - to create their own OTT services. Vivolve is a totally configurable, brandable application that is fully integrated into WTL’s Vivada billing and provisioning.
This is believed to be the first self-contained VoLTE solution and allows new services to be very quickly deployed without the need to totally replace or upgrade legacy systems. <>
Leigh Smith, MD of WTL, said “We have consistently been ahead of the curve with Vivada. It provides a complete solution for wholesale carriers to build a rural network.
Vivada’s business model has been proven and we are happy to take any interested parties to a deployment so they can experience a quality service in a remote rural environment.”
WTL is already working with wholesale operators in three countries in Africa to build rural networks and, with infrastructure sharing now common across the continent, the company firmly believes that the removal of the CAPEX cost of building a rural network will encourage previously reluctant operators to start offering services in these areas.
Vivada includes a micro GSM or LTE base station, wifi routers, backhaul optimisation, billing and provisioning software, VoIP compression switches and SMS servers. The entire system runs on less than 200W which can be supplied by solar with battery back-up.
Last year WTL cemented its position as the company with the best commercially viable and sustainable system for building networks in rural villages in emerging markets by winning multiple awards including the Best Connectivity Solution category at the AfricaCom awards, the Best African Project category at the annual Global Carrier Awards and the Best Technology Deployment category at the Capacity Africa Awards.