RICHMOND, Va. – Mapcom Systems, a global leader in visual OSS and BSS software solutions for telecommunications service providers, has announced that Paratus Africa has begun the implementation of Mapcom’s M4 Solutions Suite to accelerate the service fulfilment process and manage the planning, buildout, and maintenance of their broadband network.
Throughout the course of the transaction, a key role was played by one of Mapcom Systems’ Channel Partners – Adcomtec, a telecommunications infrastructure solutions provider based out of Pretoria, South Africa. Based on Adcomtec’s prior work and experience with Paratus, Mapcom Systems was able to connect with the team at the 2017 International Telecoms Week and begin discussing how M4 Solutions could ease a number of pain points. Terry Sanderson from Adcomtec became an influential participant in facilitating the entire evaluation process, including onsite visits. As Sanderson mentioned, “It was a unique and valuable opportunity, being able to share our own Mapcom experience with the team at Paratus and aid their journey. Adcomtec joined Mapcom’s Channel Partner program in 2015 and has already seen a wide variety of networking and business opportunities open for both companies.” Sanderson was able to attend Mapcom’s annual User Conference in Richmond in November of 2017 and make valuable connections with telecom providers from the rural United States and the world.
“We’re thrilled to add Paratus to our growing international family, and excited to see such valuable and influential involvement from our partners like Adcomtec,” stated Chuck Flournoy, President of Mapcom Systems. “Paratus provides industry-leading telecommunications services, paired with exemplary ongoing support for their customers, and that is precisely what Mapcom is about. We’re incredibly excited to be a part of helping Paratus consistently deliver superior LTE, Voice, and so much more to Namibia and the surrounding area.”
Paratus is the largest privately-owned Pan African telecoms operator and already delivers products and services to 22 African countries. It has fully licensed and operational offices in Namibia, Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Zambia and South Africa.
By utilizing Mapcom Systems’ award-winning M4 software, Paratus will have visibility to its entire network and additional relevant data from third-party vendors in one system, thus enhancing business intelligence and cross-departmental collaboration.
Paratus CEO Barney Harmse says Mapcom Systems is the perfect partner to help drive operational efficiency and enhance customer satisfaction while easily identifying increased revenue opportunities using geographic data visualization.
With a geographically-correct network OSS, Paratus will be more responsive to profitable opportunities and market conditions, while effortlessly fulfilling automated, company-wide reporting requirements.
“Paratus has an aggressive expansion plan and infrastructure rollout strategy, we have already invested in excess of N$150-million on infrastructure in Namibia over the past 2 years and continue to invest. More than N$100-million alone has been invested in fiber infrastructure from March 2017 to Feb 2018,” he explains.
Harmse says Paratus is a carrier-of-carriers throughout the region and it is important that the international operators have peace of mind when they trust the Paratus Group to deliver products and services to them.
“We have been providing services on our infrastructure to many reputable international telco operators in Africa. Mapcom’s M4 Solutions Suite will play a critical part in our network’s integrity and health, as we deliver a world-class service to world-class operators,” he adds.
Utilizing Mapcom Systems’ Data Integration Engine, data will seamlessly be integrated from other systems of record into M4 to allow centralized operations management and allocation of resources to efficiently handle dynamic business challenges, such as locate requests across multiple countries and more.
Harmse concludes, “We have taken up the challenge of bandwidth provisioning in light of the enormous growth prospects across the continent. The exponential growth of the internet throughout Africa, according to statistics, has the entire African continent’s Internet growth calculated at an average of more than 7,000% between 2000 and 2017.”
For additional information, please visit https://www.mapcom.com/solutions/m4-solutions/
About Mapcom Systems (www.mapcom.com)
Mapcom Systems is the developer of M4 Solutions Suite, a visual operating system that helps communications providers manage their workforce and networks, including both outside and inside plant, at the physical and logical levels. Mapcom Systems serves communications providers around the world, but primarily those in rural areas across the United States.
About Paratus (www.paratus.africa)
Paratus was founded as Internet Technologies Namibia in 2005 as the first privately and 100% wholly owned Namibian telecommunications operator. Paratus has fully licensed offices in Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique, Zambia and South Africa and delivers products and services to 22 African countries. Today, Paratus still holds its 100% Namibian private ownership and on 20 March 2012, was issued with a Class Comprehensive Telecommunications Service License (ECS & ECNS), following further expansion of its 4G network, national and international network to provide telecommunications services to the Namibian public at large as well as the private and corporate sector.
About Adcomtec (www.adcomtec.co.za)
Adcomtec was formed in June 2012, and is a value added solutions provider in the telecommunications infrastructure space. Our core expertise is in the design, deployment and support of optical transmission networks that support the core, metro and access space. Our customers include many of the new operators providing optical transport services to many hundreds of corporates, enterprises and residential customers in the SADC region.