The IMS enables carriers to offer premium multimedia services, such as video and voice over IP (VoIP) for delivery to next-generation mobile devices including smart phones and feature phones. According to a report published by ABI Research, fixed and mobile network operators are expected to invest $10.1 billion in IMS capital infrastructure between 2006 and 2011, and generate $49.6 billion in service revenue from IMS-enabled applications within that time.
âThe migration to the IMS environment presents carriers with a tremendous opportunity to offer a greater range of features and services to a larger segment of consumers; however with every new technology comes new security risks that must be addressed,â said Simon Blake-Wilson, managing director, embedded security solutions, SafeNet.
Inherent vulnerabilities of signaling data makes the premium applications and services offered by carriers susceptible to billing fraud, unauthorised use, and denial of service attacks, all of which negatively affect carrier revenue.
SafeNetâs QuickSec for IMS provides a complete IMS security solution for telecom equipment manufacturers looking to build robust IPsec-based security into network gateways and user equipment.
âThe integration of QuickSec for IMS into feature phones, smart phones and desktop applications as well as CSCF, PDG, PDIF and security gateways enables customers to protect carrier revenue and support widespread migration to next-generation IMS networks,â Blake-Wilson continued.