Aptilo unveils SIM authentication server for mobile data offload to Wi-Fi


Aptilo Networks, a provider of mobile data offloading solutions, announced the launch
of the Aptilo SIM Authentication Server, a scalable authentication server
optimized to deliver an automatic, secure and seamless mobile data offload



The Nordic’s mobile operator has selected the Aptilo SIM Authentication Server to
enable mobile data offloading through more than 4,000 Wi-Fi hotspots throughout
the region.



The Aptilo SIM Authentication Server authenticates users via the SIM card in their
mobile device as they move from the 3G/LTE network to a Wi-Fi network. Users
are authenticated based on the information retrieved from the Home Location
Register (HLR) or Home Subscriber Server (HSS), which reside in the mobile core
of the 3G/LTE network.



One of the key benefits of using SIM authentication is that it utilizes 802.1x
technology which is a standard method for encrypting user credentials and user
data in the Wi-Fi session. In this manner the Wi-Fi networks become as secure
as the 3G network, virtually eliminating the risk of eavesdropping or
confidential information falling into the wrong hands.



The Aptilo SIM Authentication Server is one of the two pillars of Aptilo’s mobile
data offloading solution; the Aptilo Service Management Platform currently
enabling carrier-class Wi-Fi networks for more than 120 operators worldwide is
the other.



The pre-enabled integration between these two systems provides a best-in-class
mobile data offloading solution for mobile operators. For users, this
means an uninterrupted transfer from the cellular network to Wi-Fi.  For
mobile operators, this tight integration means that they can optimize resources
across their cellular and Wi-Fi networks as users will automatically flow
between the two and policy and charging control will be maintained.



“With our carrier-class Wi-Fi service management platform already deployed with 30
mobile operators worldwide, the demand from our customers to provide an
optimized end-to-end solution for offloading to Wi-Fi that included SIM
authentication was strong,” said Torbjorn Ward,
CEO, Aptilo Networks.



“Our holistic approach to mobile data offloading with integration toward the mobile
core for authentication, policy and charging provides a best-in-class
alternative for mobile operators while our SIM Authentication Server still can
be integrated with any Wi-Fi service management system,” Ward added.



By Telecomlead.com Team
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