SOURCE: Optenet



December 14, 2009 07:00 ET

Sandvine and Optenet Launch Integrated Parental Controls Solution

Sophisticated Content Filtering Provides Flexible Protection for Broadband Subscribers

MIAMI, FL--(Marketwire - December 14, 2009) - Sandvine, (TSX: SVC) (AIM: SAND) a leading provider of intelligent broadband network solutions for cable, DSL, FTTx, fixed wireless and mobile operators, and Optenet, a pioneer and global leader of enabling SaaS offerings and delivering 'on-premise' security solutions, today announced their strategic partnership to launch optimized parental controls for broadband subscribers worldwide.

The integrated solution leverages Optenet's proven content filtering and threat analysis technology and Sandvine's application- and subscriber-awareness to provide Web protection with superior scalability and configurable, per-subscriber granularity. It allows operators to provide an integrated residential broadband service, including enhanced parental control capability. End-users do not have to seek additional protection from a third-party security vendor.

"Protection of minors has always been an important part of what we do, and we are very excited about our partnership with industry leader, Sandvine. With our combined technologies, we are making the Internet a safer place for children and other broadband users," said Francisco Martin Abreu, Optenet's President and CEO. "Our integrated solution empowers parents to protect their children from harmful Web content without sacrificing the user experience."

The joint solution provides real-time classification of Web content, with the capability for subscribers to configure preferences at an individual and household level to determine what content is acceptable. As a further benefit to the end user, these preferences are stored within the solution architecture, so changes to browser configurations will not impact the parental controls in place.

"Internet service providers are looking for more and more ways to offer personalized services and increase the overall quality of experience for their subscribers," said Tom Donnelly, EVP Sales & Marketing and Co-Founder, Sandvine. "Our integrated parental controls solution is an excellent way for service providers to put the controls in the hands of their users and enhance customer loyalty with customized service-provider-branded filtering service."

Sandvine provides network policy control solutions for unparalleled network reporting, capacity planning, congestion management, new personalized service creation, malicious traffic mitigation and enhanced customer service. The integrated parental controls solution is customer-configurable through Optenet's unique multi-tenancy technology, and provides another layer of security and customizability in addition to the Sandvine URL Access Control capabilities that enable service providers to disallow access to unlawful content.

Optenet's solutions provide customers with the highest rate of accuracy and dynamic protection. Powerful tools include the Multi-content Inspection and Dynamic Analysis System (Optenet MIDAS™) for real-time management of known inappropriate content and the Global Intelligence Acquisition Network for Threats (Optenet GIANT™) for collective intelligence about the latest risks and threats on the Internet.

The joint parental controls solution has been successfully integrated in a third-party lab environment, demonstrating readiness for deployment in service provider networks.

About Sandvine

Sandvine is focused on protecting and improving the quality of experience on the Internet. Our award-winning network equipment and solutions help cable, DSL, FTTx, fixed wireless and mobile operators better serve their subscribers and understand network trends; offer new services; mitigate malicious traffic; manage network congestion; and deliver QoS-prioritized multimedia services. With broadband service provider customers in over 70 countries serving hundreds of millions of fixed and mobile subscribers, Sandvine is enhancing the Internet experience worldwide.

About Optenet

Optenet is a global IT security company providing high-performance security to service providers and large enterprises worldwide. With the largest ISP customer base using its multi-tenant platform and 12 years of experience, Optenet is a pioneer and global leader of enabling SaaS security offerings "in-the-cloud." Its technology protects more than 100 million end users and is deployed globally at over 75 ISPs. Dedicated to protecting children by eliminating illegal content on the Internet, Optenet works with government and non-profit organizations to create a secure online environment for minors. For more information, visit


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