NEC's Liberty Enabled Proxy Enables Single Sign-on for Mobile Services

NEC Corporation (NEC) announced an agreement with Telefonica Moviles Espana, S.A. for delivery of its Liberty Enabled Proxy. The solution enables the introduction of an easy sign-on environment for multiple service access by end-users through a single authentication process over WAP and i-mode mobile Internet browsing.

NEC’s Liberty Enabled Proxy, certified by Liberty Alliance through its conformance tests (*4), enables terminal independent single sign-on services over WAP and i-mode. Without the proxy, special client software for mobile terminals is usually necessary to benefit from the Liberty single sign-on service.

Traditional single sign-on adopts a centralized authentication system with one single unified database. However, acceptance of this kind of centralized system by content providers or website owners is difficult as they may not agree on a single sign-on vendor. On the contrary, Liberty single sign-on is a decentralized authentication system, which is realized through the management of individual personal data (identity) by content providers (identity data is exchanged only when approved by end-users). Utilizing Liberty Alliance’s “Federated Identity Management” model, end-users better trust their registration, so the solution eliminates users’ anxiety about security and privacy.

“NEC’s Liberty Enabled Proxy is the collaborative product of Liberty’s excellent market enabling architecture and NEC’s significant expertise and knowledge of mobile systems integration. This new function can be built on NEC’s Mobile Internet Platform (NEMIP), which facilitates the upgrading of services by telecommunication providers.” Ruth Braennvall, Head of Value Added Services for NEC in Europe, commented.

Building on its experience with Telefonica Moviles in the delivery of this new Liberty Enabled Proxy, NEC will expand its value added service business to various domestic and international carriers.

Telefonica Moviles Espana, S.A. is Spain’s largest mobile operator with 20.3 million subscribers. TME and NEC built long-term relations from an agreement for the supply of a mobile multimedia platform, which enables TME customers to gain access to the i-mode services and to enjoy multimedia messaging services in 2003 (*1), and through Multimedia Content Adaptation Solution (*2) and Messaging Intelligent Router (*3) in 2004, the partnership has continued with the successful operation of the systems. TME, this time, provides the effective authentication method to cultivate expansion of contents business.

*1 Please refer to the following webpage for the Mobile Multimedia Platform
*2 Please refer to the following webpage for the Multimedia Content Adaptation Solution
*3 Please refer to Messaging Intelligence Router
*4 The Liberty Alliance, established on September 2001, is a broad-based industry standards consortium developing suites of specifications defining federated identity management and web services communication protocols for single sign-on services. It aims to make it easier for consumers to access networked services from multiple suppliers while protecting security and privacy. NEC became a member from 2002 and has been active in technical specification activities since then.

About Telefonica Moviles Espana
Telefonica Moviles Espana is the operator of Telefonica Moviles Group in Spain, where it has more than 20.3 million active customers at the March 2006. Telefonica Moviles is one of the world’s largest mobile telephony groups and has operations in 15 countries across three continents with a customer base that totaled more than 98.5 million at 30 March, 2006. During 2005, Telefonica Moviles obtained revenues of 16.514 billion euros (+40.5%) and OBIDA of 5.817 billion euros (+26.8%). Net profit totaled 1.919 billion euros, the highest in the company’s history.

About NEC Corporation
NEC Corporation (TSE: 6701; NASDAQ: NIPNY) is one of the world’s leading providers of Internet, broadband network and enterprise business solutions dedicated to meeting the specialized needs of its diverse and global base of customers. NEC delivers tailored solutions in the key fields of computer, networking and electron devices by integrating its technical strengths in IT and Networks, and by providing advanced semiconductor solutions through NEC Electronics Corporation. The NEC Group employs more than 140,000 people worldwide and had net sales of approximately 4,825 billion yen (approx. $41.2 billion) in the fiscal year ended March 2006.