The Gateway from WLANs to 3G Lands

By Matthew Peretz

March 15, 2002

Roaming and billing solution for mobile operators across networks.

RedKnee Inc, a software solutions company which specializes in providing Open Services Architecture (OSA) solutions, Wednesday announced the availability of their WLAN Gateway for GPRS/UMTS Networks.

The WLAN gateway enables mobile network subscribers to access email and Web services using WLAN technology integrated with GPRS and UMTS networks.

The solution, according to RedKnee, is designed to be integrated into multi-vendor networks, complimenting WAN coverage provided by the GPRS/UMTS operators.

The key functionality is that the solution enables GPRS/UMTS operators to bill subscribers for WLAN access on a single bill for both voice and data services - even while roaming. WLAN services can be billed to either pre- or post-paid accounts - or sent to a GSM roaming partner. Non-subscribers can also be accommodated using the solution for service offerings to casual users through prepaid vouchers or credit card billing systems.

"Redknee's WLAN gateway is an innovative solution that ties together IP access with GSM signaling for UMTS and GPRS networks," stated Bohdan Zabawskyj, head of Redknee's production evolution. "Redknee's WLAN gateway is an 802.11 or HIPERLAN framework for GSM-based access control, authorization, authentication, rating and billing."

Redknee's WLAN gateway provides RADIUS support, user ID and password authentication, and comprehensive non-repudiation support via a variety of messaging alternatives. Additionally it supports Parlay API structures, generic 802.11 and SIM-based cards for both, pre-paid and post-paid clients.

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