T-Systems ICSS announces since launching its WiFi Roaming Solution, contracts are signed or under negotiation with over 120 WiFi partners

July 6, 2004

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FRANKFURT, Germany -- International Carrier Sales & Solutions (ICSS), T-Systems’ carriers’ carrier division, announces that since launching its WiFi Roaming Solution in February this year, contracts are signed or under negotiation with over 120 international WiFi partners. For WiFi providers connected with T-Systems’ WiFi roaming platform, this means potential access to 150 million end-users internationally via 10,000 WiFi access points.

“As our platform is fully interoperable with all industry standards, we can help WiFi providers concentrate on providing additional services to their end-users, supported by our platform. WiFi providers can generate additional revenues by enabling end-users from other providers to roam on to their hotspots. This brings valuable flexibility to WiFi providers and users internationally,” explains Frank Opfer, Vice-President Solutions Management, T-Systems ICSS. T-Systems looks after all issues linked to roaming between the parties connected to the platform, simplifying roaming processes for WiFi providers.

T-Systems’ WiFi Roaming Solution brings benefits to WiFi providers in four key areas:

Security – T-Systems’ WiFi solution guarantees security across the ‘roaming link’, between alternative WiFi providers. For example, authentication and authorization information is dispatched securely across the platform from one WiFi provider to another. In addition, all end-user credentials are encrypted. Even when end users are logging on to a third-party provider’s service, only the home provider sees the end-user credentials for authentication.

Interoperability: WiFi providers don’t have to worry about interconnection and interoperability with other providers. T-Systems is responsible for the transportation of traffic between WiFi providers who are connected to the roaming platform. The platform is independent of the access interface (like WiFi, Ethernet) and supports all state-of-the art Authentication Authorization Accounting (AAA) interfaces (e.g. RADIUS, SIM Card Authentication).

Services supported – the platform supports all types of services that WiFi providers and end-users may request, whether video - streaming, multimedia services or Voice over WiFi. T-Systems supports billing classes for the different types of traffic by differentiating between services as defined by the WiFi partners connected to the platform.

Quality of Service – through the platform’s web administration interface, WiFi providers connected to the platform can control and monitor the access points at their end users' disposal. In addition, when there are quality issues or complaints about a hotspot, any individual provider can prevent end users accessing the hotspot until these issues are addressed, ensuring a consistent level of service for end users.

WiFi providers being linked up to T-Systems’ platform include Portugal Telecom, Connexion by Boeing, All Telecom, Ozone, Lattelekom and Samsung Networks, along with many others.

T-Systems Inc.

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