Private APNs - why your employees and IoT Devices should have them….
18 March 2021

Private APNs - why your employees and IoT Devices should have them….

18 March 2021

As part of our portfolio as a global connectivity service provider, Telecom26 can provide our customers with the ultimate in mobile security - a private APN.

A quick recap on APNs…this stands for Access Point Name. It’s the software within a device that enables it to establish a data connection with a network - and then enables the cellular network to connect the device with another computer network, such as a private corporate network.

Carriers use a defined APN network to choose and assign IP addresses, determine the type of data connections that should be created, route the traffic. However…

Public APNs provide only basic security features such as firewalls to block unrecognised network traffic. And so, there is always a possibility that there is someone there who will try to hack into your traffic.

Locked phones come with various APNs pre-configured by the operator, at least one of which will be provisioned in your mobile., for example.

So why are APNs important to Telecom26 - and our customers.  As this piece from Android Central succinctly puts it: “Unlocked phones and alternative carriers are more popular now than ever before.  And when you don't have a phone that's tied to a carrier through financing you're free to try other carriers and see who offers what's best for you”.

Telecom26, APNs - and high security

All of our healthcare and financial services customers use Telecom26’s Private APNs.  Why? To maximise security. 

Our Private APNs:

  • Provide a secure private tunnel to the centralized mobile core, allowing only authorised traffic into the tunnel - and then encrypting that traffic.
  • Enhance secure connections allowing for the customization of network settings for the customers’ needs. Customers can define the encryption protocols required.
  • Ensure that only SIMs with private APNs can have access to soliciting services from the customer servers via the internet
  • Use software-defined networking and network function virtualisation to build a completely virtual network for each customer

Put simply, customers using our global roaming service change the APN on their devices to connect to our global network.  This APN change shows us that this device is special and we are going to isolate its traffic so it’s no longer in the public river but has it’s own private swimming pool.  And what’s not to like about that?!

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