Friday, August 4, 2023

Cutting roaming costs and expanding coverage with Radiator SIM-based authentication.

Modern SIM-based devices, like smartphones and tablets, are able to join and switch between different networks automatically. This is especially valuable to mobile operators who want to offload data from their mobile network to a nearby Wi-Fi network, because Wi-Fi connections are significantly cheaper to operate. It also enables Wi-Fi providers to monetize their Wi-Fi net- works and provide services in partnership with mobile operators. In addition, with use of OpenRoaming or other Wi-Fi roaming services, it also provides a way to expand the coverage of carrier Wi-Fi.

Use cases for the SIM authentication include:

Wi-Fi Offloading:

In busy locations with high volumes of mobile traffic like sports stadiums, shopping malls, public transport hubs and underground metros, SIM-based devices can automatically switch from mobile data connections to local Wi-Fi networks. Transferring the data traffic to Wi-Fi networks reduces the load on the mobile network, which improves the coverage and the user experience. In addition, using Wi-Fi roaming services, such as Orion Wi-Fi or OpenRoaming, can further reduce costs when carriers can use these additional services for Wi-Fi offloading.

Voice over Wi-Fi

SIM-based devices can also switch voice calls from mobile networks to Wi-Fi networks, and this kind of call is known as Voice over Wi-Fi. As with data traffic, switching traffic from regular calls to Wi-Fi networks can help carriers and operators to reduce the load on the mobile network, enabling better call quality and continuity.

Wi-Fi Roaming

When a SIM-based device automatically joins a Wi-Fi network or switches to another one, this is called Wi-Fi roaming. Wi-Fi roaming is used to maintain an uninterrupted data connection when the user moves from location to location, or when the current Wi-Fi connection is overloaded or when the signal is weak. In these situations as well, using OpenRoaming and other Wi-Fi roaming services can expand the coverage for mobile carrier.

Wi-Fi SIM-based authentication is essential to making these capabilities work. Before a device is allowed to join a new Wi-Fi network, it must be authenticated using the IMSI*. For this reason, Wi-Fi SIM-based authentication is supported by the latest Android and iOS mobile devices. However, there are still some security issues with this type of authentication. As a result, mobile OS manufacturers are now pushing for even better security on Wi-Fi networks and they require IMSI Privacy Protection with all new OS versions.

How can Radiator help you in this?

The Radiator SIM Pack for Radiator AAA Server Software makes it easy for operators to enable IMSI Privacy Protection. It is the key component needed for secure and seamless switching between mobile and Wi-Fi networks using SIM-based authentication. The Radiator SIM Pack also provides all the functions required for a 3GPP AAA Server.

IMSI privacy is a key feature of the Radiator SIM Pack, and it provides server-side support for permanent identity protection during Wi-Fi SIM-based authentication, Wi-Fi offloading and VoWiFi, resulting in a higher quality user experience. You can read more about Radiator SIM Pack and IMSI Privacy protection from our IMSI Privacy whitepaper.

In addition to this, Radiator provides also all the services and products needed when joining to  Wi-Fi roaming services, such as OpenRoaming, or when connecting to mobile carrier infrastructure by using Diameter interfaces.

Would you like to know more?

If you would like to know more about Radiator, SIM authentication, IMSI Privacy, joining OpenRoaming etc., and how we can help you in your use case, you can always contact our team at info(a) Looking forward to hearing from you!

*) In SIM-based mobile devices, like smart phones and tablets, the user’s unique identifier is stored on the SIM card in a standard format known as the International Mobile Subscriber Identifier, or IMSI for short.