Telecom operators Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone are considering made in Germany product more attractive than made in U.S.A in terms of added security to communications networks. More secure communications remain an important topic in Germany since the time former U.S. government contractor Edward Snowden had revealed that the National Security Agency (NSA), with the cooperation of a number of telecom companies and European governments, had gathered classified data from a number of surveillance programs.
Operators have taken this as a golden opportunity to differentiate their products from those made in the U.S. or by U.S. firms. Quite often these days, Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone are stressing the German testimonials of two new security products announced on Sunday at a trade fair being held at Hanover.
After it announced encryption in voice calls, Vodafone announced on Sunday the service of secured e-mails for German companies. Vodafone has said that the service can be sued for sending secured emails between smartphones, personal computers, and tablets and that the service will be available for use in September this year for an estimated charge of US$5.25 per user per month.
The service has been developed with SecuPass technology of one of Germany’s well known security company, FTAPI Software. The technology works without the users having to replace or create encryption keys in a manual way.
While Vodafone’s services concentrate more on business clients, Deutsche Telekom’s services collaborate with four IT security providers in Germany so as to provide services for small and medium-sized companies and consumers.
Deutsche Telekom’s is expected to hit market during the second quarter of this year. It will include anti-virus software from Avira to keep smartphones and tablets safe from viruses. A premium version of the suite will also be soon launched, said Deutsche Telekom.