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Stoke enhances Security eXchange with new software agent to protect LTE networks from emerging threats to service availability

Stoke Protects LTE

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Mobile broadband developer Stoke has introduced a new Mobile Border Agent™ for its LTE Security eXchange gateway, designed to address the service assurance needs of evolving LTE networks. Security eXchange’s Mobile Border Agent leverages the advantages of its unique location at the junction of the LTE radio access network and core network, delivering unprecedented capabilities for protecting vital network elements, supporting services and enhancing the end user experience even when network conditions are strained. The role of Stoke’s Mobile Border Agent has similar characteristics to international border protection agencies, performing authorized inspection, guided by service provider policies. It ensures LTE network integrity and protects services availability across multiple planes of activity by providing comprehensive visibility into LTE network transactions. The Mobile Border Agent helps protect the mobile operator against threats and emerging optimization challenges - such as unauthorized access, session spoofing, privacy attacks or signaling loads resulting from wide spread use of small cells – that will impact operators’ services delivery at different phases of the LTE network lifecycle. Initial findings from Stoke’s investigations with the University of Surrey into small cells signaling indicate that mobility events will significantly increase, driving up signaling loads on core network resources disproportionately, often leading to sluggish or interrupted service. The new Mobile Border Agent solution can alert operators of these conditions and enforce operator policies when it occurs, ensuring localized containment of such problems. “The rapid evolution of LTE networks is revealing new trouble spots on the border between the mobile access network and the operator core,” said Dilip Pillaipakam, VP of Product Management at Stoke. “As operators move from initial deployment to full build-out and then to introducing advanced services like VoLTE, they need a gateway that performs more than security alone, that is purpose-designed to move up the protocol value chain in line with LTE networks as they mature.” Stoke Inc.

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