Airvana and VeriSign Team for Femtocell Network Authentication
Companies Breaking New Ground in Deployment of Device Certificates for HubBub UMTS Femtocell
Device certificates are unique digital identifiers that are embedded into a device — for instance, a femtocell — to enable strong authentication and encryption. By seamlessly and securely authenticating devices on the operator’s network, device certificates eliminate the need for passwords or any action from the end user. As a result, network operators can ensure that only trusted devices will be authorized to make connections while rogue devices will be easily identified and blocked from gaining access.
The work between VeriSign and Airvana builds on efforts currently taking place within the Femto Forum and the 3GPP SA3 security standards group to establish an implementation standard for network authentication for femtocells using a certificate-based model. The use of certificates has already proven successful for similar technologies such as cable modems — with VeriSign providing trusted solutions for that community. The collaboration between the two companies will provide an authentication solution for operators deploying Airvana HubBub femtocells. The joint effort will also help drive authentication requirements for femtocells, which in turn will accelerate industry efforts toward a common approach that will facilitate large-scale, multi-vendor femtocell implementations. This activity represents a meaningful step forward in the implementation of 3GPP’s overall femtocell-to-core network interface specifications including Iuh communications protocol and device management.
“Collaborating with Airvana, a leader in the femtocell market, will once again allow VeriSign to implement security into a device-driven network at the earliest stages of development of a technology ecosystem,” said
“Both operators and subscribers must be confident that femtocell technology is highly secure in order to embrace it fully,” explained
Airvana (Nasdaq: AIRV) helps operators transform the mobile experience for users worldwide. The company’s high-performance technology and products, from comprehensive UMTS and CDMA 3G femtocell solutions based on the HubBub(TM) femtocell, to core mobile network infrastructure, enable operators to deliver compelling and consistent broadband services to mobile subscribers, wherever they are. Airvana’s products are deployed in 70 commercial networks on all six continents. The company is headquartered in
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