Service Providers Take a New Approach to Lawful Interception

|Apr 29|magazine9 min read

SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- 5G is a reality. With the low latency and high speed of 5G networks, within a few years, massive IoT, including machine-type communications, will connect anything and everything and offer remarkable opportunities to develop business models and new products and services. Companies will design entire customer journeys around virtual reality, supported by 5G, which moves storage, memory and processing power closer to the network edge.

Unfortunately, the potential for perpetrating crime over 5G is also vast. Telecom operators and internet and cloud-based service providers are (or will be) required to give law enforcement agencies the means to monitor public communication services to investigate severe crime and defend citizens against terrorism. They must support intelligence gathering across the entire array of public service offerings and network technologies.

Frost & Sullivan's thought leadership paper, Lawful Interception: Addressing the Complexities of 5G and MIoT, explores how wildly increasing 5G bandwidths, the service-based architecture of 5G with virtualized network elements, multi-access edge computing, network slicing, enhanced encryption to protect subscriber identities, and aging law enforcement monitoring facilities are all material challenges that service providers need to address to fulfill their legal obligations and be good corporate citizens.

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"Lawful interception has become an extremely dynamic space, and recent regulatory innovation like the European Electronic Communications Code is proof that lawmakers are ready and willing to give the police the new tools it needs," explains Alexander Michael, Director of Consulting at Frost & Sullivan. "LI is relatively uncontroversial, probably because the citizen expectation of safety trumps the expectation of absolute privacy. But service providers could come under fire from the judiciary, law enforcement and citizens' rights advocates if they do not ensure blameless compliance with mandates and underlying regulation, and compliance is almost impossible without a dedicated, state-of-the-art LI solution."

"A future-proof solution must continuously evolve, follow international standards and support all networks and services, including virtual as well as physical network elements. It should deliver tangible benefits such as flexibility and scalability, certified compliance, short time to market, high security standards and low OPEX and CAPEX," added Malte Pollmann, Chief Strategy Officer of Utimaco. "Owing to its modular architecture, Utimaco LIMS easily evolves to support new technologies and is prepared for the new service-based architecture of 5G. The system scales from small networks with only a few intercept targets to large networks with tens of thousands of simultaneous targets."

Companies should select a complete and versatile solution such as Ultimaco's LIMS, which offers:

  • A single, future-proof LI platform that will enable communication providers to meet their present and future LI challenges.
  • A focus on interfacing with as many network elements as possible; supporting all international and local standards gives it a competitive advantage.
  • Flexibility and lower incidental IT costs thanks to a solution designed around commercial, off-the-shelf hardware in combination with virtualization and cloud-native architectures.

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