Deutsche Telekom Answers to the Challenges of SMS Fraud

SMS+ from International Carrier Sales & Solutions (ICSS)

Bonn – May 11, 2015 – Deutsche Telekom’s International Carrier Sales & Solutions (ICSS) unit today announced a new service to fight the increasingly pervasive problem of SMS fraud, spams, spoofs, fakes, floods and ghost messaging. The new service is called SMS+. Mobile operators are well aware of the difficulties caused by unwanted messages. They not only put pressure on networks by increasing traffic, they also result in lost revenue and may cause a damage of brand reputation.

“SMS+ protect” provides operators worldwide with protection mechanisms against unpaid use of their network. One functionality of “SMS+ protect” lies in its ability to dynamically identify and block unwanted SMS messages based on SS7. Most other verification systems are static, and therefore cannot detect the continually changing behavior of grey route traffic.

Another functionality “SMS+ transit” provides SMS aggregators with high quality official routes and operators with their standard termination rates. It ensures quick and high quality termination of messages first to the mobile networks of Deutsche Telekom and its affiliates. Additional mobile operators are added continuously to extend the list of networks available. For mobile operators “SMS+” is a complete solution from one provider. It protects and terminates all messages via the ICSS SMS hub, while actually generating revenue.
“We are launching our “SMS+” service to delight our business partners. Mobile operators will prevent subscriber churn and gain new revenue streams. SMS providers and aggregators can legitimately terminate SMS to a large number of networks via one access point – so it is beneficial for all parties involved”, says Gergely Vadas, Head of Mobile Services and Carrier Partnerships at Deutsche Telekom ICSS.

About Deutsche Telekom

Deutsche Telekom is one of the world’s leading integrated telecommunications companies with around 151 million mobile customers, 30 million fixed-network lines and more than 17 million broadband lines (as of December 31, 2014). The Group provides fixed network, mobile communications, Internet and IPTV products and services for consumers and ICT solutions for business customers and corporate customers. Deutsche Telekom is present in more than 50 countries and has approximately 228,000 employees worldwide. The Group generated revenues of EUR 62.7 billion in the 2014 financial year – more than 60 percent of it outside Germany.
For further information, see http://www.telekom.com/home

About International Carrier Sales & Solutions (ICSS)

International Carrier Sales & Solutions (ICSS) is one of the world's leading carriers and an innovation driver for IP-based solutions. As an integral part of Deutsche Telekom’s International Wholesale Business unit, ICSS serves the international wholesale requirements of the DT Group with its international affiliates and more than 860 external customers worldwide. One of the units’ core competencies is to focus on building business partnerships around the globe. With years of experience in the international wholesale communication market, ICSS has the expertise to provide clients with tailor-made solutions. The innovative technologies are offered on a global basis with a special emphasis on Europe.
The cutting-edge offerings of ICSS include the following business segments:
Internet & Content: Ensure best user experience by partnering with one of the premier European Internet and content players.
Mobile World: Mobilize your customers’ lives with innovative and profitable solutions from ICSS, a premium mobile enabler.
Carrier Enterprise Services: Securely connect your customer’s global sites with a major European multi-service provider.
Global Capacity: Manage your growing European and transatlantic backbone requirements with tailored, reliable and high-speed connectivity solutions.
Global Voice: Excellence and innovation with scale from the international market leader for retail voice termination.
For further information, see www.telekom-icss.com.

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