Telenet selects Infradata and BroadForward to enable Converged Signaling Firewall solution

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Infradata deploys BroadForward’s signalling firewall solution at Telenet, enabling security across 2G, 3G, 4G and later 5G access networks.

Infradata and BroadForward are proud to announce to have been selected by Telenet to implement a converged signalling firewall solution. The firewall will provide Telenet Group, the largest provider of cable broadband services and the third largest mobile operator in Belgium, an additional layer of security for both SS7 and Diameter networks to detect and prevent attacks such as subscriber ID theft, content theft and identify fake subscriber profiles.

Telenet specialises in the supply of broadband internet, fixed and mobile telephony services and cable television over a powerful HFC (hybrid fibre-coax) network to 4.9 million service subscribers. The acquisition of mobile operator Base enables Telenet to benefit from considerable operating synergies between their fixed and mobile network assets. The world's largest international TV and broadband company, Liberty Global, owns a 57.8% stake in Telenet.

"There are a lot of security products designed for a specific technology. Because networks today are highly integrated, operators should consider a threat to one domain as a threat to all domains." - Luk Bruynseels, VP Mobile Technology at Telenet

Infradata is a preferred BroadForward Partner with the distinction of multiple certified engineers on staff. Infradata engineers are recognized by BroadForward as technical experts and advocates of BroadForward solutions, which includes 5G ready products for routing, interworking, 5G security and number portability. Infradata is selected by Telenet based on their technical know-how and hands-on experience to design, implement and support a BroadForward based solution.

The BroadForward firewall solution is the first single-engine software solution designed to provide protection across 2G, 3G and 4G signalling protocols and will later include support for 5G (HTTP/2). The BroadForward solution enables security measures across network protocols. It includes message screening and filtering for SCCP, TCAP, INAP and MAP messages according to the relevant GSMA FS.11 (SS7) specifications, as well as support for FS.19 (Diameter) enabling security measures such as anti-spoofing and Diameter peer authentication.

Luk Bruynseels, VP Mobile Technology at Telenet, about selecting Infradata: “There are a lot of security products designed for a specific technology. Because networks today are highly integrated, operators should consider a threat to one domain as a threat to all domains. In a converged network such as ours, the traditional approach to secure signalling per access network and protocol doesn’t suffice. This is where Infradata and BroadForward's converged firewall solution excels, allowing us to detect attacks across networks and provide the tools to act upon them immediately".

Infradata Managing Director Nico van Buitenen added: “The converged Firewall Solution provides Telenet with a gradual path to a converged security architecture across Diameter, SS7 and later HTTP/2 – required for 5G signalling operations. Telenet now has a highly flexible central firewall function that works across legacy, current and future networks.”

About Telenet

Telenet is the largest cable television operator in Belgium. Telenet offers quadruple-play services consisting of video, broadband Internet, and fixed-line telephony (VoIP) as well as mobile voice and data services to 4.9 million service subscribers (RGUs) represented by 2.2 million customers as of September 30, 2016. Liberty Global indirectly owns 57.5% of Telenet. Telenet is listed on NYSE Euronext Bruxelles.

About BroadForward

BroadForward is a leader in intelligent signalling software for 2G/3G, 4G/LTE, 5G, IMS, Fixed, Wi-Fi, IPX and M2M networks. BroadForward delivers core network products for routing, interworking, security and number portability, designed for convergence across legacy and next-generation networks. BroadForward’s active 5G roadmap supports service providers with their network transition to Next Generation Core, and includes the Service Communication Proxy (SCP), Binding Support Function (BSF), Security Edge Protection Proxy (SEPP), 4G-5G interworking and multi-protocol signalling orchestration). All BroadForward products are hardware-agnostic and support network virtualization, OpenStack and cloud deployment. BroadForward’s software development is entirely done in The Netherlands. BroadForward is a four-time GSMA nominee for Best Mobile Technology.

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