MTN Nigeria improves network security by 98% with AdaptiveMobile


AdaptiveMobile, a provider of mobile
security, announced that it completed a mobile content filtering, anti-spam and
anti-virus protection project with MTN Nigeria.

Utilizing the AdaptiveMobile security
solution, the African operator protects its network and subscribers from
undesired mobile content through mobile handsets and mobile data-enabled

The AdaptiveMobile Network Protection
Platform is reducing network load, protecting the operator’s IP reputation from
the growing threat of spam-related IP blacklisting and is reducing customer

MTN is the largest mobile network in the
Middle East and Africa, and with over 40 million subscribers has seen
phenomenal growth in mobile Internet services.

The association with AdaptiveMobile is
protecting subscribers across all its network services to counter current and
emerging mobile network threats, as well as combat the small number of
subscriber numbers that were being hijacked by criminal groups and used to send
email spam over the mobile network.

“The roll-out of AdaptiveMobile’s Network
protection Platform is enabling us to improve customer experience and achieve
significant operational cost savings through protecting our network and our
subscribers,” said Obinna Nweje, general manager, MTN Nigeria.

The shared nature of mobile IP addresses
means that attacks from unscrupulous spammers can have a huge impact on IP
address reputation and potentially result in innocent subscribers’ emails being
unnecessarily blocked.

AdaptiveMobile‘s Network Protection Platform provides network-based protection across a range of
service bearers and is enabling MTN to significantly reduce spam.

AdaptiveMobile’s email and unique webmail
filtering solution is identifying 96 percent of email coming through the
network as spam and blocking/quarantining as appropriate.

The solution assists in removing MTN’s IP
addresses from blacklists. The reduction in spam levels means MTN is being removed
from IP blacklists, enabling legitimate users access to  services and
improved network speeds.

It also helps in reducing customer care
costs. The reduction in users unwittingly sending spam across the network and
freed-up network capacity is leading to a reduction in call-centre complaints.

Users are protected from unsuitable content
whilst MTN is able to build its brand image and meet legislative requirements.

AdaptiveMobile’s anti-virus technology
identifies infected handsets and PCs, enabling MTN to on-sell solutions to
subscribers and make cost-savings on bandwidth.

“MTN is highlighting the value of
addressing mobile Internet safety,” said Gareth Maclachlan, COO,

“Network operators across the world are
increasingly accepting a service responsibility to subscribers, whether to
protect vulnerable users such as children, or to help corporates fulfil their
duty-of-care to employees and it is organisations such as MTN that are forging
the way in keeping one step ahead of the criminals,” Maclachlan added.

By Team

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