SOURCE: Stoke, Inc.

Stoke, Inc.

August 26, 2014 09:00 ET

Leading MEA Telecoms Systems Integrator A3&O Signs Agreement to Provide Stoke's LTE Security Gateways to Mobile Operator Customers

As African LTE Networks Expand, Security Moves to Forefront of Infrastructure Planning

SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwired - Aug 26, 2014) - Telecommunications services company A3&O has signed a reseller agreement to provide Stoke's award-winning LTE security gateways as part of its services to mobile broadband operators in Africa and key European nations.

One of the fastest growing companies in Africa, A3&O has for more than a decade partnered with top telecommunications equipment manufacturers around the globe delivering products, services and solutions. The company has offices in the United Kingdom, Ghana, Nigeria, Zambia and South Africa and is executing on its long-term goals of establishing a presence in each country in Africa and Europe.

Driven by the need for more accessible broadband, LTE usage in Africa is expected to explode from just two million at the end of 2013 to 72.8 million by 2018. Africa is also expected to leverage its green field status -- unhampered by older voice technologies -- by introducing a variety of new business models to stimulate LTE adoption. Given the fundamental vulnerabilities of LTE architectures, plus the reliance by local telecoms operators on network sharing as a key expansion strategy, security has moved to the forefront of mobile broadband infrastructure requirements.

"Mobile broadband operators use an extremely diverse portfolio of LTE equipment and solutions," said A3&O Chief Executive Officer, Sameh Abdelaziz. "In the African markets there is an intense focus on resource sharing to propel the LTE market. The exceptional flexibility and interoperability of Stoke's technology makes it ideal both to meet the performance and scalability demands of fast-growing networks, and for securing a wide variety of infrastructure scenarios."

"Stoke is very pleased to partner with AA3&O," said Mark Verdun, Vice President of Strategic Alliances at Stoke. "They combine deep expertise in the telecoms industry in Africa and Europe with enormous energy, technical skills and an innovative approach that is an excellent fit for the current market opportunity."

A3&O and Stoke will exhibit at the LTE Africa exhibition and conference, which will take place from 11th to 13th November in Cape Town, South Africa.

About A3&O
A3&O is a leading telecommunication systems integrator and solution provider. The company provides state of the art technologies and turnkey solutions to its clients across the whole MEA region. Our clients varies from Mobile Networks to ISPs, Governments, Oil & Gas organizations and Banks. A3&O offerings include End to End GSM/CDMA products, Satellite broadband services, network planning & rollout, installation & commissioning, operation & maintenance, Fiber optics networking, network integration and infrastructure, OSS/BSS, Network security, Video technologies, Smart services, Electromechanical services, Managed Services, Wireless Connectivity, GIS applications, digital mapping and data production.

About Stoke
Stoke, Inc. delivers gateway solutions for the mobile border, securing LTE communications between the radio access network and the operator core, protecting subscribers while safeguarding critical mobile core infrastructure. Stoke is the global market leader in deployed LTE Security Gateways with offices in the US, UK, France, Spain, Japan, Korea and Singapore. For more information, visit www.stoke.com.