Perhaps the most exciting sector—in terms of far reaching new business opportunities and consumer offerings due to Liberty standards—is in the telecommunications marketplace, where many of the leading players across the globe are well engaged. Exciting new customer offerings are being introduced regularly, realized through the benefits of federation and the many new service offerings that can be facilitated through open standard-based identity Web services. Watch this space for more exciting developments, and imagine what you’ll be able to achieve with your mobile device in the coming years. Public discussions on the teleco space are also ongoing through our Telecommunications Special Interest Group (SIG).

In the chart below, please note that “Liberty Federation” is used to indicate any of the standards in the Liberty Federation family of specs (ID-FF 1.x, 2.0 and SAML 2.0).

Liberty Telecommunication Resources:

Digital Identity Management A Critical Link to Service Success: A Public Network Perspective

Liberty Business Deployment Guidelines: Mobile Sector

3GSM World Congress 2004 Presentation

3GSM World Congress 2005 Presentation

Liberty In Action: Web Services Demo by Nokia and AOL
Mobile Web Services: Architecture and Implementation – Book by Frederick Hirsch, John Kemp, Jani Ilkka
Organization Description Technology Reach
Amsoft Based in India, using SAML assertions to establish a contract bridge bewteen two endpoints from arbitrary trust domains; using a discovery network based on the Liberty Federation using XRIs. Commercial offering to be launched in Q3 2006. Liberty Federation
BizLocity BizLocity is comprised of UDDI and ebXML Business Registries. BizLocity is an “on demand” WebServices-SOBA and Semantic-Web delivery model that provides both the applications and services necessary for XoIP (Cable, Wireless, Mobile, Wireline, Enterprise, Government) implementation. Supports Liberty and SAML 2.0

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Breathe Mobility Breathe is a UK-based telecom company deploying eBiz Mobility’s OneTouch Online Purchasing service that allows consumers to pay for digital content to their computer or mobile phone by charging the download to an existing account at their phone company, bank, mobile operator or internet service provider. SAML 2.0

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BT Inbound and outbound federation project with contractors and partners Will use SAML 2.0 60,000 contractors, 2,000 partners

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BT BT is testing a federated identity management solution to support its 8 million Internet users and corporate customers SAML 2.0 for federated identity management 8 million

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BT, Intel and HP POC for the remote provisioning of soft credentials and fixed/mobile convergence—with BT as the service provider, Intel’s Identity Capable Platform (IDC) and HP’s provisioning architecture Liberty Alliance protocols (Liberty Identity Web Services and Liberty Federation)

•  BT RSA 10.62 MB
DAIDALOS: Designing Advanced network Interfaces for the Delivery and Administration of Location independent, Optimized personal Services DAIDOLOS is a consortium of SMEs, manufacturers, universities and institutes. Its objectives are to design, prototype and validate the necessary infrastructure and components for efficient distribution of services over diverse network technologies beyond 3G. Within DAIDALOS, SAML has been chosen for integrating distributed authentication, authorization and SSO into federated, beyond-3G operator concepts.

•  Daidalos >
•  Daidalos Mobile Summit >
Deutsche Telekom AG, T-Com, Business Unit T-Online Net-ID Card (Netzausweis), based on Liberty specifications, for a simplified usage of the Internet. Provides unique login credentials for a growing number of different services and content. Liberty Federation 15 million registered users

•  T-Com-CaseStudy.pdf 466.63 kB
•  Deutsche FINAL9.08.pdf 621.00 kB
ePerSpace A European Union funded project, ePerSpace (2004-2006), focused on significantly increasing the user acceptance of networked audio visual applications at home and virtually anywhere by developing innovative interoperable networked services. The identity part of ePerSpace is based on Liberty Alliance ID-SIS personal profile

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FIDELITY Research Project Federated Identity Management based on Liberty specifications, implementing interoperability between Circles of Trust (CoTs). Focus on customer identity provision and management based on mobile telecom and Internet services, POC and interop of digital ID and authentication in a federated network and between Liberty Circles of Trust. Participating companies include Amena, Axalto, Ericsson, France Telecom, Inetsecur, Italtel, Linus, Moviquity, Oslo University, and TeliaSonera). Liberty Federation

France Telecom / Orange New service offerings as well as internal cost-savings program. Allowed FT/Orange to provide a rich catalog of third party services to be available through a central service platform; simplified and harmonize the integration of a new service provider; and consolidated existing third party services catalogs accross 7 countries. Liberty Federation and Web Services 71 million subscribers, 16 countries worldwide

•  France_Telecom.pdf 778.16 kB
FreeSWITCH FreeSWITCH is an open source telephony platform designed to facilitate the creation of voice and chat driven products scaling from a soft-phone up to a soft-switch. It can be used as a simple switching engine, a media gateway or a media server to host IVR applications using simple scripts or XML to control the callflow. OpenID-Yadis-SAML support for Freeswitch

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Global System for Telematics (GST) Telematics services are services that are delivered to the mobile user with a particular value-added in the automobile domain. GST organizes European research in the field of telematics. SAML has been evaluated and successfully trialed as viable for federation. Members include car manufacturers, technology providers and telecom companies
GooGaYa GooGaYa is a destination for mobile entertainment, geo-location, presence, social networks, and multimodal messaging. Implemented Liberty/SAML

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Italtel An award winning application that came of the European FIDELITY project. Italtel’s database and Contact Book act as emulators of two different Service Providers. With a single authentication, users can access a telephone number in the Contact Book (first Provider) and, at the same time, launch a VoIP service through a second Service Provider. The Italtel database and application server with the Contact Book service were also equipped with the Liberty Alliance interface to allow Service Providers an effective and safe management of complex digital ID authentication procedures on their databases. Liberty services and specifications.

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Large Italian Mobile Operator Liberty Federation and Web Services
MAGNET Beyond MAGNET Beyond is a worldwide R&D; project for mobile and wireless systems and platforms beyond 3G. MAGNET Beyond will develop user-centric business technologies and model concepts for secure Personal Networks in multi-network, multi-device, and multi-user environments. Liberty Alliance standards for identity management and trust 32 partners from 15 countries, including telecom providers, universities, research centers, and SMEs
Neustar New age verification service for mobile carriers/subscribers that provides owner policy controls, authentication, single sign-on, and trusted attribute sharing for subscriber access to mobile data services. Also offer NeuLiberty, which allows its partners to issue log-in credentials and digital certificates to users–credentials which are useable in other Liberty-compliant applications. Liberty Federation

Nokia The Nokia S60 Platform, 3rd Ed. supports Liberty Web Services though its SOA for S60 component and provides easy application programming interfaces (API’s) to the Liberty Identity Web services framework. Similar support is also implemented in Nokia 9500 Communicator and Nokia 9300 Smart phones. Liberty Web Services The Nokia S60 platform enjoys close to 60% marketshare, according to Canalys, Q4 2006. This dominance in the smartphone market indicates that Liberty Web services will be widely deployed with the introduction of 3rd Edition devices.

•  WS_Operators_A4_0408.pdf 1.13 MB
Portugese Telecommunications Company Liberty Web Services
School of Engineering and Mathematical Science, City University (London) Conducting research into mobile Web services security for sometime. Focused on adopting Liberty to the mobile environment—in particular GSM and UMTS systems. Part of the work included the development of an M-Commerce system that uses SAML in its SSO for UMTS users; they have made some optimization to SAML 2.0 to be more easy to use (regarding the size of the SAML messages)
Siemens AG Liberty Federation estimate for ’07 would be a market impact of about 5 to 10% and for ’08 an increase up to 20 %.
SIM Strong Authentication Task Force A multi-vendor environment featuring SMS-enabled SIM cards from Gemalto authtentication by a Telenor Identity Provider (IDP) server based on Sun Microsystems Access Manager in collaboration with a Lucent Technologies VitalAAA server communicating with a Home Location Register (HLR) via an Ulticom Signalware SS7/IP MAP Authentication Gateway. Liberty Federation

•  SIM Strong Authentication Wins SESAMES Award at CARTES 2006 >
•  Identity Management Forum >
SoNear SoNear is a company dedicated to SIM javacard, OTA solutions for mobile operators, and helps operators to leverage their existing infrastructure using SIM card technology and OTA solutions. Have implemented a LUAD Liberty user Agent Device in a windows smartphone SPV of Orange (windows mobile) and the user profiles are stored in the SIM card. Liberty Federation and Web Services
SSO Catalyst Project Sponsored by Telefonica Moviles Espana and the TMF’s Co-operative OSS Project (CO-OP)–a group of network equipment providers formed to address architecture specifications, verification and testing of mobile network management systems SAML 2.0 Additional group members include Alcatel, Ericsson, Huawei, Lucent, Motorola, Nokia, Nortel, Samsung, Siemens and Wipro.

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Telefonica Moviles Serving Latin America, using Liberty specifications to offer its customers personalized and individualized experiences. Specifications are being utilized to launch new business offerings as well as to streamline existing processes. Liberty Federation and Web Services 81.4 Million customers

Telematics Group, University of Gottingen, German in collaboration with Siemens SIP, the Session Initiation Protocol, is a signaling protocol for Internet conferencing, telephony, presence, events notification and instant messaging. This project has created a prototype implementation for using SAML in SIP to support trait-based authorization in open source.

•  Telematics Group 2 >
•  Telematics Group 1 >
Telenor Strong Authentication & Federation POC via a service called SIM strong authentication service that extends the usage of GSM SIM authentication to Internet Web services. The goal of this proof-of-concept is to demonstrate the possibility of implementing innovative service in a heterogeneous environment using Liberty Alliance Federation Standard. Telenor, Axalto, Linus and Oslo University College have implementeda proof-of-concept prototype in Oslo. Liberty Web Services

•  Next Generation of Digital Identity (Telenor Whitepaper) >
Three Europen Operators Working with Elios to develop new subscription based services and streamline operations. Liberty Federation and Liberty Web Services
Three Large US Mobile Providers Liberty Web Services More than 125 million customers
TimeBI TimeBI has developed Time2Me, an application for mobile devices that tells users the time to arrive at a destination, recommending the best route based on real time data about traffic conditions. Working with Symlabs. Use Liberty ID-WSF with Geo-location services and People Service functionality for buddy list management
Turkcell Needed ability to enforce a stronger identity related policy in service network in order to improve subscriber privacy, enable service capabilities to 3rd Party service providers for both location-based and non-location based services without exposing the subscribers identity; and offer subscribers the ability to manage his/her federation of service providers and value-added services. Liberty Federation and Liberty Web Services Turkcell delivers value added services to more than 24.3 million subscribers and works with morethan 220 companies as service providers.

•  turkcell_sun.pdf 934.74 kB
Valimo Valimo’s mobile signatures enable an IDP (Identity Service Provider) to issue anonymous session identities putting the IDP in a position to leverage existing standards such as SAML and Liberty Alliance to ensure that their anonymous identities are issued to a bona fide person.

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Vodafone Vodafone Group and Vodafone Spain. New service offerings as well as internal use to streamline operations and reduce costs. Liberty Federation and Liberty Web Services 11 Million customers as well as internal
X-Connect XConnect, a VOIP provider, has partnered with eBIZ.moblity to allow their alliance members to earn commissions by acting as the payment and billing processor for content providers and online merchants. Federated payment technology (eBIz.mobliity) based on the Liberty specifications XConnect interconnects leading ITSPs in 15 countries, allowing free IP calls to over a million VoIP end-user
Yodlee Mobile for Online Banking Brings online banking applications to the mobile channel. Yodlee Mobile also extends Yodlee MoneyCenter – an integrated suite of consumer banking applications – to provide mobile bill pay, and mobile funds transfer capabilities. User authentication is done via direct login or using a standards-based SAML Single Sign On (SSO) integration that builds on top of a financial institution’s existing single or multi-factor authentication infrastructure. Yodlee has an alliance with leading wireless carrier Vodafone in the UK and is forming similar partnerships in the US and Europe.

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