Verisign unveils new telecom strategy

Verisign, a company that provides digital security services, has launched an integrated telecom strategy to bridge its Internet and telephony network infrastructure for next generation data and voice services. The move is also in response to recently introduced US legislation permitting law enforcement agencies to eavesdrop on voice and data traffic to protect national security.

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By  Richard Brown Published  June 4, 2002

Unveiling the initiative at the SUPERCOMM 2002 communications and IT conference in Atlanta, VeriSign said it has created a new Telecommunications Services Group consisting of its former Illuminet and H.O. Systems subsidiaries to manage its new telco strategy.

VeriSign will also offer services via an enhanced technology platform called Advanced Transaction Look-up and Signaling (ATLAS) system. Terry Kremian, VeriSign's executive vice president of Telecommunications Services, explains: “Carriers need a reliable partner to help them attract and retain new customers, and VeriSign is clearly focused on helping carriers operate efficiently and compete effectively in today's challenging marketplace.”

According to Kremian, Verisign’s combined Internet, telecom and OSS infrastructure gives companies and consumers the flexibility to communicate and transact business when they want, where they want, and how they want.

The move includes the launch of several new services, including NetDiscovery(TM) Service, which Verisign describes as a one-stop, turnkey solution for telecom carriers facing the June 30, 2002 deadline for compliance with the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) that requires telcos to support the ability of law enforcement agencies to conduct lawfully authorized electronic surveillance of calls and call data.

The strategy also embraces mediation and billing, clearing, payment and customer care services for wireless carriers to offer payment models to subscribers, including prepaid, post pay, advance pay, and spending limit offerings.

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