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World Telecom Labs Augments Wholesale VoIP
Adding features is often a good way to differentiate a company from its competitors in the field. There are some limits to this approach, yes, but most of the time a new feature can help bring in new customers and reinforce why the old ones stick around. World Telecom Labs (WTL) recently made headway on that point as it brought a new voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) component to its Vivada Wholesale system.
Vivada Wholesale, or Village Voice and Data, is the means WTL uses to help build wholesale networks in rural Africa, offering wholesale carriers the ability to build networks in rural areas. The networks in question are designed to be built at low cost—both in terms of initial capital expenditure (capex) and operational expense (opex) down the line. This combination of low costs upfront and low costs ongoing makes it particularly attractive for rural area connectivity, where payback periods can be lengthy.
Payback is also much easier to achieve with the WTL networks, as these networks have been specifically set up to accommodate multiple handsets, along with tablets, laptops, PCs, and even larger installations like hotspot call cabins and even cybercafes. Most every type of pre- or post-paid customer can thus be accommodated and provide value to the operators.
The addition of VoIP service—or more specifically, voice over LTE (News - Alert) (VoLTE) operations—provides that much more value for users in the field and helps ensure that current users remain in the fold while providing new users with sufficient incentive to come on board. With the new VoIP service, the end result is a complete, brandable application that provides voice service while directly hooking into Vivada's current provisioning and billing systems.
Three African countries are set to get immediate access to this, as WTL is already working with those unnamed countries to develop network capability therein. Since the system is not only well set-up for building at lower costs, but also saves money on power costs—the whole system runs for about 200 watts, which can be run on solar and battery back-up systems—the end result is a surprisingly powerful system available at excellent costs to the network provider.
That combination of cost-effectiveness and operational power makes it an excellent option in remote areas where connection would be difficult at best. While many countries require some sop of connectivity be given to the countryside, it's not always that easy to enforce. Payback periods in those regions are often long, and few companies are eager to set up operations that won't see profitability for years or longer. With a system like this, though, that proposition changes substantially, and allows companies to deliver value no matter the population density.
Edited by Maurice Nagle