Network operator T-Mobile USA introduced its Global Corporate Access solution, a response to the needs of multinational corporations, U.S. enterprises and government agencies that seek secure access to corporate tools and resources from across the globe. In partnership with iPass and Deutsche Telekom AG, the T-Mobile GCA solution provides authenticated customer online access and support to more than 570,000 domestic and international hot spots regardless of device manufacturer, platform or network.
The GCA solution offers a single login for up to five devices per subscriber, including smartphones, tablets and laptops, for one flat-rate monthly fee. Other benefits include unified billing and Web-based management, user-friendly integration with a corporate VPN, and real-time consolidated or custom reporting.
To further help customers reduce domestic and international mobility costs, enhance coverage, and improve productivity, T-Mobile also offers its WiFi Calling for Business and WiFi Calling for Government solutions on Android, Symbian and BlackBerry platforms. With T-Mobile's WiFi calling solutions, business and government customers can treat a long-distance or international call like a local call, minimizing international roaming fees when accessing available hot spots across the globe.
The GCA solution complements other recently launched offerings that T-Mobile said provide the quality of service, cost savings and connectivity that MNCs, government agencies and U.S. enterprises require, including enterprise device security and management, global telecom expense management, secure mobile data access, and enterprise messaging, as well as international voice and data roaming discounts and corporate "unlimited plan" offers.
"Today's CIOs and IT decision makers continue to see rising enterprise mobility costs due to a staggering increase in the workforce's use of multiple devices on different network technologies with different carriers while traveling domestically and abroad," said Frank Sickinger, vice president of B2B, MNC and federal government at T-Mobile USA. "An interoperable global corporate access solution is the medicine our corporate and government customers need to ease their wireless mobility headaches."
An Oct. 3 report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found weaknesses in information security policies and practices at 24 major federal agencies that continue to place the confidentiality, integrity and availability of sensitive information and information systems at risk. Consistent with this risk, reports of security incidents from federal agencies are on the rise, increasing over 650 percent over the past five years, the report found.
James Clapper, the director of National Intelligence, has also warned of the increasing globalization of cyber-attacks, from foreign militaries to organized international crime. In February 2011, he testified that there had been a dramatic increase in malicious cyber-activity targeting U.S. computers and networks, including a more than tripling of the volume of malicious software since 2009.