CSP and digital platform solution provider work together to rapidly roll out cloud-native SaaS solution, despite COVID-19 limitations. 

Amsterdam, October 28, 2020 – BearingPoint//Beyond, a rapidly growing digital platform solution provider, today announced that BNET, responsible for providing broadband network services across the Kingdom of Bahrain, has deployed both OSS and BSS systems powered by its cloud-native Infonova BSS. Built on Amazon Web Services (AWS), the platform is designed to help the CSP to manage operational processes and procedures for its nationwide fiber broadband network. As part of the agreement, network inventory specialists CROSS Network Intelligence (CNI) is providing network inventory and service assurance solutions to BNET.

Despite the inevitable challenges caused by COVID-19, BNET worked with BearingPoint//Beyond to roll out both OSS and BSS systems in a matter of months using SaaS and agile delivery for a rapid deployment. These new BSS and OSS platforms give BNET the flexibility to act as an independent entity with its own customer services and operations process management, reinforcing its primary responsibility for the Kingdom’s national broadband network operations but will also accommodate future growth.

BNET was launched in October 2019 as a completely new and independent wholesale broadband provider by Batelco, Bahrain’s largest telecoms operator. Its goal was to provide next generation wholesale fiber broadband connectivity to all licensed telecom operators and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in Bahrain – including Batelco itself.

“We recognized that separating the BSS and OSS systems was essential to give BNET the independence required to manage operational processes and procedures. Working with BearingPoint//Beyond and adopting its Infonova BSS solution has given us access to the latest digital technology that is now enhancing the quality and effectiveness of the services we provide to our customers. The presence of AWS is an added bonus and means we can provide a high quality national broadband network, with high speeds and competitive prices, leading to the increased customer satisfaction that we continuously strive for.”

Mohamed Bubashait, Chief Executive Officer, BNET

The BNET network is a key part of Bahrain’s fourth National Telecommunications Plan (NTP4) to grow and diversify Bahrain’s telecoms sector. The plan includes rolling out fiber broadband connectivity to 100 percent of businesses and 95 percent of households across Bahrain. NTP4 aims to provide internet access speeds of at least 100Mbps for up to 95 percent of homes and 1Gbps for all government and business entities.

The BearingPoint//Beyond platform’s multi-tenancy and ecosystem orchestration capabilities offer BNET the potential to launch new revenue-generating offerings in the future – including reselling hosted BSS capabilities to other service providers in the country.

“From the very beginning, BNET has been committed to the delivery of a nationwide fiber broadband network providing next generation connectivity to its citizens and businesses. Despite the adversity and challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, BNET worked tirelessly with us to launch this solution in a matter of months, a testament to their original visionary endeavor. We are proud to have played a part in this achievement, delivering an agile cloud-native Infonova BSS that leverages the highly secure, highly scalable, feature-rich cloud capabilities of AWS. A compelling example for operators everywhere that want to modernize their operations and transform their businesses in rapid time.”

Angus Ward, CEO, BearingPoint//Beyond

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About BNET

BNET is a key part of the 4th National Telecommunication Plan (NTP4) to develop the growth and economic diversification of the telecommunication sector, including rolling out a fibre optic network to 100% of all businesses and 95% of all households across the Kingdom of Bahrain.
The birth of BNET marks a new era in the telecommunications sector for the Kingdom of Bahrain, to prepare Bahrain for a digital future with first class infrastructure and an energetic digital services sector.
From the start our vision has been to create a technologically advanced digital communication infrastructure that enables a safe, secure and smart Kingdom contributing to economic growth and consumer welfare. To achieve our aims, we have put solid plans in place which include the development of the national broadband network and national cybersecurity, while remaining focused on delivering exceptional customer experience with reliable and consistent service delivery.
Going forward, we will continue to work on enhancing the national broadband connectivity, enabling the provisioning of quality services to all operators, in order to positively impact the end user through the availability of high speed, affordable internet.
For more information, please contact salah.alasam@bnet.com.bh

About BearingPoint//Beyond

BearingPoint//Beyond is a rapidly growing Software as a Service based BSS and digital platform solution provider helping businesses to reinvent their business model and grow revenue by utilizing digital platforms and partner ecosystems.
Our digital platform solutions are designed to help you experiment, monetize and orchestrate new digital services with a growing network of partners while taking advantage of new technologies such as cloud, IoT, AI, 5G and more; bringing you closer to your customers, helping you drive higher efficiency and automation, and becoming more agile in the face of competition.
BearingPoint//Beyond is owned by BearingPoint.

About BearingPoint

BearingPoint is an independent management and technology consultancy with European roots and a global reach. The company operates in three business units: The first unit covers the advisory business with a clear focus on five key areas to drive growth across all regions. The second unit provides IP-driven managed services beyond SaaS and offers business critical services to its clients supporting their business success. The third unit provides the software for successful digital transformation and regulatory requirements. It is also designed to explore innovative business models with clients and partners by driving the financing and development of start-ups and leveraging ecosystems.
BearingPoint’s clients include many of the world’s leading companies and organizations. The firm has a global consulting network with more than 10,000 people and supports clients in over 75 countries, engaging with them to achieve measurable and sustainable success.

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