Liberty Alliance Enjoys Increased Traction in the Mobile Marketplace

Consortium Releases New Business Guidelines Documents to Encourage Further Adoption of its Federated-Identity Business Model by the Mobile Industry

3GSM, Cannes , France – 14 February 2005 – The Liberty Alliance Project, a global, identity-focused consortium of more than 150 organisations, today announced strong support for its federated identity framework and identity-based Web services across the mobile marketplace at the 3GSM World Congress in Cannes , France . To maintain this momentum, the consortium is also releasing its second Mobile Business Guidelines document to the mobile industry. The Mobile Business Guidelines document helps organisations that want to deploy a Liberty-enabled infrastructure better understand the significant business issues that span various Liberty implementation scenarios.

“In the past year, the mobile community has clearly indicated its strong belief in the Liberty Alliance’s technical, business and privacy deliverables,” said Timo Skytta, vice president of the Liberty Alliance and senior manager at Nokia. “The long-term benefits with Liberty Identity Federation and Identity Web Services solutions are apparent: Improved security with privacy-enabling features, cost-effectiveness from healthy vendor competition, rapid new service deployment, enhanced user-friendliness and interoperability are all ingredients needed to be successful in today’s online environment. I am also pleased to report an increased number of members from the mobile industry during the past 12 months, yet another evidence of the great momentum.”

As wireless operators continue to build out their enormous data networks, it stands to reason that service providers will follow with additional data services aimed at providing added value to the mobile user. Because of the many benefits offered by the platform-independent, service-oriented architecture, the mobile industry is has already shown strong signs of rapid adoption of Web services technology. Establishing a reliable identity for all parties involved in the mobile community is the foundation for Web services and their future adoption in this space.


“Today, we can see an enormous growth in mobile working over wireless data networks,” said Donal O’Shea, executive director of Liberty Alliance. “As services are rolled out to support the needs of the mobile enterprise, Liberty Alliance will be there providing guidance and input on how best to build in identity. The convergence that occurs among mobile, enterprise, media and Internet domains requires a standard approach of managing identities, bridging mobile and fixed networks.”

The Liberty Alliance framework is emerging as a ‘de facto’ standard for mobile identity based data services. Within Liberty , member companies collectively represent:

· Close to 400 million mobile subscribers (including NTT DoCoMo, MTN, Orange , Telefonica Móviles and Vodafone);

· More than half of the mobile devices (including Ericsson, Hewlett-Packard, NEC, Nokia and Sharp);

· Some 80% of all SIM’s (including Axalto, Gemplus and Giesecke & Devrient); and

· Approximately 55% of the mobile network infrastructure (including Ericsson, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, NEC, Nokia and Sun).

“Mobility is a given in today’s society, but creates tough challenges. As governments over reach themselves in creating new investigatory powers, and businesses farm customer data without adequate protections, so privacy becomes increasingly important,” said James Governor, principal analyst at RedMonk. “The Liberty Alliance Project is showing leadership by both framing the debate and delivering mechanisms to protect both the mobile end user and the service provider across different regulatory environments.”

Mobile Business Guidelines Version 2.0

First introduced in Spring 2002, the Liberty mobile business guidelines have gained wide and rapid adoption across the globe. Specifically, the Mobile Business Guidelines document addresses issues around mutual confidence, quality standards,


risk management, liability/dispute mechanisms, as well as agreed-upon resolution policies for mobile operators, service providers and other partners.

Mobile operators are well-positioned to provide Liberty-defined identity services to service and identity providers for a number of reasons:

· Mobile operators already manage millions of identities, and are a natural choice for the role of identity providers within an ecosystem of partners (Circle of Trust);

· Customers already have a relationship with their mobile operator to manage their private data (profile, payment information, location, etc.) – therefore, the mobile operator already functions as an attribute provider;

Mobile operators can potentially share parts of this infrastructure with other parties by providing a secure infrastructure for ID management.
Liberty-based solutions on display at 3GSM

Liberty members Nokia, Sun and Vodafone are demonstrating several Liberty-enabled implementations in the Liberty Alliance stand J52, Hall 3 . Demonstrations include Identity Federation and Identity Web Services solutions, featuring both consumer and enterprise scenarios. Ericsson (Stand A15, Hall 1) and Nokia (Series 60, Stand K21, Hall 4) are also demonstrating new Liberty-based solutions.

About the Liberty Alliance
Liberty Alliance ( is an alliance of more than 150 companies, non-profit and government organisations from around the globe. The consortium is committed to developing an open standard for federated network identity that supports all current and emerging network devices. Federated identity offers businesses, governments, employees and consumers a more convenient and secure way to control identity information in today’s digital economy, and is a key component in driving the use of e-commerce, personalised data services, as well as Web-based services. Membership is open to all commercial and non-commercial organisations. The 2005 Board is comprised of the following sixteen companies: American Express, AOL, Ericsson, Fidelity Investments, France Telecom, General Motors, HP, IBM, Intel, Nokia, Novell, Oracle, RSA Security, Sun Microsystems, VeriSign and Vodafone Group.

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“Nokia recognises the important role of Liberty Alliance in helping users of Federated Identity and Identity Web Services by delivering technical specifications and deployment guidance”, said Jari-Pekka Heikkilä, director, Web Service Technologies, Nokia. “Nokia implements the Liberty specifications in both devices and server products, and we appreciate Liberty ‘s track record in providing high-quality, interoperable specifications, both of which are key criteria for enabling rapid deployments.”

“Sun is very excited to see this development and release from the Liberty Alliance as we believe it provides a further key component needed for the growth and use of mobile data services” said Eric Chu, senior director, Mobile and Embedded, Sun Microsystems, Inc. “Further as a supplier of core technologies and products to the mobile industry we foresee the next year as being one of growth in demand for our Liberty based solutions within the operator, service provider and NEP communities.”

“Vodafone strongly supports the Liberty Alliance, and is active along with others in the mobile community to ensure its specifications take advantage and meet the nuances of the mobile space,” said Mike Walker, group research and development director, Vodafone.

“FT and Orange are fully committed to Liberty standard and are already implementing single sign solution developed by the Liberty Alliance Project on the Orange platforms. This deployment is key for Orange customers to easily navigate across services within FT and with 3rd parties without having to remember numerous login/passwords.”. said Thomas Kohler, VP Multimedia Product House at Orange


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