Nokia Solutions and Networks is launching a mobile broadband security centre in Germany to help fight against soaring levels of mobile malware.

The centre, which will start work by the end of 2014 and will be located in the vendor's premises in Berlin, will focus on the end-to-end testing of security in multi-vendor mobile broadband areas.

NSN said it plans to run simulations to assess how security products can meet carrier-grade requirements in dealing with threats.

Mobile malware infections rose 20 percent last year, with 4G LTE devices most often infected, according to a January study conducted by Alcatel-Lucent’s Kindsight Security Labs.

Hermann Rodler, Managing Director of NSN in Germany, said: “Europe and specifically Germany are leading drivers for the highest standards of telco security and privacy protection. This in conjunction with our security expertise and significant R&D footprint in Germany makes Berlin a natural choice for us. We want to engage in a dialogue with the telco security community and contribute our broad experience in protecting Mobile Broadband networks.

“In the Mobile Broadband Security Centre, we will leverage our existing expertise and our partner ecosystem in order to increase end-to-end security in mobile broadband today and drive forward 5G security concepts and standardisation.”

The announcement follows on the heels of NSN launching its Mobile Guard product, which protects users against malware by blocking it before it reaches the device. The vendor had said that a central European operator is trialling the product, with talks ongoing between NSN and other operators.


 

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