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E-Plus Group chooses NSN to enhance network security

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E-Plus Group chooses NSN to enhance network security

NSN secures all-IP network, safeguards customer data, protects assets

Germany’s mobile operator E-Plus Group has selected Nokia Solutions and Networks to protect its 4G LTE network from unauthorized access, manipulation and other threats. NSN will implement a complete end-to-end, 3GPP-compliant security solution to ensure a safe, convenient mobile broadband experience for E-Plus subscribers. Further benefits include authentication of network elements and lower costs due to the automatic rollout and lifecycle management of base station certificates.

Security risks are mounting as operators move to all-IP networks. To minimize these threats and to protect both consumers and networks, dedicated measures are necessary. As the continuation of its partnership with NSN to roll out next-generation 4G LTE in Germany, the operator is addressing security concerns while meeting all market and regularotory requirements.

“At E-Plus we are deeply and fully committed to ensuring a secure telecommunications network environment for our subscribers,” said Gerhard Lüdtke, director Access Network at E-Plus Group. “NSN, our trusted partner for two decades, has deep knowledge of our network and proven competence in network security. Thanks to NSN’s complete security solution for LTE, our subscribers will enjoy their mobile broadband free of the threat of fraud or espionage of personal data.”

“The implementation of solid security measures to protect networks and users from intrusion and attacks is an issue of growing importance,” said Ingo Goldenberg, account director at NSN. “We are pleased to strengthen our excellent customer relationship with E-Plus by implementing our advanced security solution, which offers comprehensive protection combined with high performance and availability.”

Under the contract, NSN will deliver its radio access security solution, comprising a Security Gateway and Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) to ensure that only operator-authorized base stations can access the network. Efficient operation is achieved through fully automated certificate lifecycle management.

NSN has ISO 27001 Lead Auditor certification and is market leader in protecting advanced mobile broadband networks. With its team of security experts who have earned industry-recognized ISACA certifications such as CISA and CISM, the company has successfully implemented more than 500 security projects worldwide. Security deployments from NSN can be found in nearly one-third of commercially launched 4G networks.

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About E-Plus Group

The E-Plus Group is the challenger on the German mobile communications market. Simple services tailored to customer needs and a major reduction in call and data charges can be traced back to the initiative of the third-largest mobile network operator by subscribers in Germany. After revolutionizing the voice market for larger user groups now the company opens the mobile data market for the masses by its accelerated network roll-out and highly attractive low-priced data tariff schemes. As a result of innovative business models, modern structures and strong partnerships the E-Plus Group was able to strengthen its market position and show a dynamic and profitable development. Since 2005 E-Plus Mobilfunk GmbH & Co. KG has developed into a family of brands offering target group-specific services and thus breaks new ground in mobile communications in Germany. The E-Plus Group brands include the flat rate brand BASE, leading mobile discounters simyo and blau and the original E-Plus brand that offers a wide range of services to its customers. The ethnic brands AY YILDIZ and Ortel Mobile address customers with foreign origin in Germany. And the latest addition yourfone.de has opened the market for all-net flat-rates in the postpaid segment. The partners of the E-Plus group include many other brands, such as MEDIONmobile (ALDI TALK) and music TV station MTV. 24.8 million customers are using the network of the E-Plus Group to make calls and send text messages or data. The Group generates annual revenues of €3.4 billion (2012) and employs more than 4,000 people (FTE) in Germany.

About NSN

Nokia Solutions and Networks is the world’s specialist in mobile broadband. From the first ever call on GSM, to the first call on LTE, we operate at the forefront of each generation of mobile technology. Our global experts invent the new capabilities our customers need in their networks. We provide the world’s most efficient mobile networks, the intelligence to maximize the value of those networks, and the services to make it all work seamlessly.

With headquarters in Espoo, Finland, we operate in over 120 countries and had net sales of approximately 13.4 billion Euros in 2012. NSN is wholly owned by Nokia Corporation. www.nsn.com

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