VERISIGN LAUNCHES WORLD'S MOST COMPREHENSIVE DIGITAL CERTIFICATE SERVICE FOR WIRELESS WEB SERVERS
WAP Server Certificates for Motorola, Nokia, Phone.com and Other Wireless Servers Available Immediately
Mountain View, CA, December 21, 1999 - VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSN),
the world's leading provider of Internet trust services for
authentication, validation and payment, today introduced the world's
most comprehensive digital certificate service for Wireless
Application Protocol (WAP) servers and gateways. The service,
available immediately, issues digital certificates for wireless
servers by Motorola, Nokia, Phone.com, and other leading providers.
Digital certificates are electronic credentials used to authenticate
parties and enable encrypted communications and transactions over the
Internet. Major e-commerce service providers including British
Telecommunications, Certplus, DDI Corporation, KPN and Telia have
expressed strong interest in, and support for, the VeriSign WAP
"DDI-CELLULAR GROUP provides 'cdmaOne' in Japan, an emerging digital
cellular phone system. Presently we have more than 50,000,000
subscribers worldwide, and have delivered WAP-based Internet services
under the name 'EZweb' since April 1999," said Hiroshi Sakai,
Director, General Manager,
Mobile Communications Engineering Division Engineering Group for DDI
"In the near future, adding security with WAP server digital
certificates and other key components,
WAP-based services will enable the implementation of trusted and
user-friendly electronic commerce applications. We are very
interested in VeriSign's beneficial service offerings."
VeriSign's approach to delivering WAP server certificates represents
significant advancement over recently introduced competing services.
First, to serve the needs of developers, telecommunications companies
and wireless service providers, the service has been designed to
certificates for the broadest range of WAP server platforms,
those from Motorola, Nokia, Phone.com and other leading providers.
Second, VeriSign is offering developers and service providers free
trial WAP server certificates, available immediately, to accelerate
development and deployment of WAP server-based applications.
Full-service certificates for use in production wireless environments
are also available immediately. Third, to create a bridge between
wired and wireless worlds, customers also have the option to link
their production WAP certificates into the VeriSign Trust Network,
world's most globally-interoperable network of digital certificates.
The VeriSign Trust Network is built around a common set of policies
and practices and leverages broad deployment of VeriSign's digital
certificate "root keys" in popular e-commerce applications.
"Motorola is committed to providing its customers with the most
wireless solutions available," said Simon Pugh, Security Consultant,
Personal Networks Group, Motorola, Inc. "By enabling WAP servers to
conduct authenticated and encrypted transactions with mobile devices,
VeriSign is helping to build a secure and scalable environment for
e-commerce on the wireless web."
"We are extremely pleased that VeriSign is delivering WAP server
certificate services to benefit our joint customers," said Heikki
Heinaro, Director, Mobile E-Business, Nokia Wireless Software
Solutions. "VeriSign's support of the WAP/WTLS security protocol,
implemented in the Nokia WAP Server, allows our customers to develop
and deploy the next generation of mobile e-commerce applications."
"As a leader in WAP infrastructure software, Phone.com welcomes
VeriSign's new WAP digital certificate service," said Ben Linder,
president of marketing for Phone.com. "The 47 network operators
the world using our UP.LinkO Server will be able to benefit from
enhanced security for e-commerce applications."
VeriSign's WAP digital certificates enable Wireless Transport Layer
Security (WTLS), the security layer in the WAP architecture. WTLS
provides an interface for managing secure connections, the primary
goal of which is to provide privacy, data integrity, and
authentication between two communicating applications. The company
an active participant in the WAP Forum, the global industry
association that has developed the de-facto world standard for
wireless information and telephony services on digital mobile phones
and other wireless terminals.
"As online banks, brokerages, media companies and telecommunications
providers look to deploy the next generation of e-commerce
applications over wireless networks, they must deliver the same
of trust and security as they currently do over the wired Internet,"
said Stratton Sclavos, president and CEO of VeriSign. "Now our
customers, which include all of the top 40 e-commerce sites and every
Fortune 500 company with a Web presence, can serve their mobile end
users with the same degree of confidence and security that they have
been delivering to date on their dot.com sites."
Leaders in Wireless E-Commerce Express Strong Support
"BT is very excited about working with VeriSign to develop digital
certificate services to support WAP-based applications," said Michele
Mooney, Head of British Telecommunication's Plc., Trust Services.
"As GSM is widely spread in Europe, we see a bright future for
wireless PKI," said Jacques Pantin CEO of Certplus, the number one
trust and PKI operator in France and a VeriSign affiliate. "Certplus
is working very closely in this area with its shareholders and
partners: Gemplus, the number one SIM card solution provider in the
world; France Telecom, one of the leading wireless operators in
Europe; and VeriSign the leader in Internet trust services. We are
very glad to see VeriSign taking a leading role in this area, helping
us to provide the best solution to our customers."
"KPN has started offering WAP services under the name 'M-info'
recently, and is enthusiastic to work actively with VeriSign to offer
secure WAP services," said Jimmy Wind, manager Transaction Services
"As the leader in Internet trust services, VeriSign is once again
demonstrating its strength in providing open, interoperable solutions
for customers," said Peter Lundgren, SVP at Telia Electronic
"As an affiliate of VeriSign in Scandinavia - the most advanced
e-commerce market in the world - and as a provider of wireless
telecommunications services, we are especially pleased that customers
using all major WAP server platforms will be able to obtain WAP
certificates from VeriSign's new service."
Pricing and Availability
VeriSign is providing wireless developers and service providers with
free 60-day trial WAP server certificates between now and February
2000. In addition, full-service WAP server certificates for use in
production, priced at $795 (U.S.) per year are also available. These
certificates include $100,000 of coverage under VeriSign's
industry-leading NetSureSM protection plan.
VeriSign, Inc. (Nasdaq:VRSN) is the leading provider of Internet
services-including authentication, validation and payment-needed by
Web sites, enterprises and individuals in order to conduct trusted
secure electronic commerce and communications over the Internet.
VeriSign's digital certificate services for Web sites, WAP sites and
consumers are available through the company's Web site at
www.verisign.com and through over 3200 ISPs and Web hosting
The company's digital certificate services for enterprises and
electronic commerce service providers are available through regional
account representatives, resellers, and VeriSign global affiliates.
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