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Verizon picks Gemalto to implement OTA on 4G LTE

Steve Rogerson
May 10, 2016
 
Verizon has selected Dutch company Gemalto to migrate to next-generation advanced over-the-air (OTA) technology for 4G LTE services. The US mobile operator is adopting the latest version of the LinqUs OTA product.
 
The product serves as the foundation for services such as next-generation subscriber provisioning and lifecycle management. It supports a robust card management tool for Verizon's growing network demands and is a scalable, secure framework for deploying trusted services.
 
This helps Verizon address markets such as IoT, M2M and other emerging business opportunities. The LinqUs OTA framework also enables Verizon to integrate functionalities such as trusted devices hub (TSH), roaming management, and secure mobile authentication for digital signature services.
 
"Gemalto is an excellent technology partner and it made sense to migrate to the advanced OTA platform to better position Verizon for expansion into subscription management, new TSH opportunities and IoT," said Adam Koeppe, vice president of network technology for Verizon Wireless.
 
LinqUs is designed for all IP 4G networks, and using Gemalto¹s secure polling software helps ensure a high-level success rate when updating the UICC for the download and activation of network and subscriber applications.
 
"We are pleased Verizon has chosen Gemalto for the next step of its technology roadmap," said Rodrigo Serna, president of the Americas at Gemalto. "Our advanced OTA platform facilitates large-scale updates enabling Verizon to quickly implement and deliver innovative services to millions of customers across the USA."
 
Gemalto had 2015 annual revenues of €3.1bn and has customers in more than 180 countries. Its more than 14,000 employees operate out of 118 offices, 45 personalisation and data centres, and 27 research and software development centres in 49 countries.
 
Verizon Wireless has certified the NetComm Wireless NTC-140W-01 4G Wifi M2M router for use on its private network offering. Mission-critical wireless M2M data can now be secured using the router to create a direct connection to internal enterprise systems over a segregated private network.
 
Developed to accelerate the uptake of M2M in the USA, the router brings LTE and XLTE network coverage, speed and security to enterprises that collect and manage large amounts of data from digital displays, smart buildings, remote healthcare, emergency response and other bandwidth-intensive M2M applications.
 
"We are pleased to introduce a device that separates M2M data from public internet traffic to secure remote management and advance real world M2M applications by providing undisrupted access to the bandwidth, speed and capacity offered by the Verizon Wireless private network," said David Stewart, CEO and managing director of NetComm Wireless.
 
Designed to support M2M deployments over the long term, the router enables the secure migration of machines and business assets from 2G to 4G LTE. The industrial-grade device reduces deployment risk and has automatic failover for reliable connectivity to time critical systems, telehealth services and disaster recovery applications.
 
Its embedded NetComm Linux OS and software development kit enable the installation of custom software applications to the on board memory.
 
There are two Gigabit Ethernet ports and high-speed Wifi connectivity to decrease data transfer delays and enable fast and reliable networking across multiple devices. The device also has a flexible range of power options, vehicle voltage support, GPS and ignition input making it suitable for mobile and tracking applications.
 
Its polycarbonate and rubber enclosure is mountable, designed for rugged deployments and has temperature tolerances making it suitable for remote and industrial environments.