SOURCE: Fortinet

August 21, 2007 12:00 ET

Mobile Operator 3 Protects Its 700,000 Subscribers With Fortinet Solutions

FortiGate™-5020 Carrier-Class Systems Provide High Performance and Cost-Savings to Hutchison Telecommunications' Swedish Entity

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - August 21, 2007) - Fortinet® -- the pioneer and leading provider of unified threat management (UTM) solutions -- today announced that 3 Scandinavia, a leading mobile operator in Sweden and Denmark, has implemented Fortinet's FortiGate™-5020 carrier-class security systems and FortiGuard™ Anti-virus and Anti-spam subscription services to secure its mobile network of 700,000 mobile subscribers in Scandinavia.

Part of the Hutchison Telecommunications group, a leading owner and operator of worldwide telecommunications and Internet infrastructure, 3 Scandinavia set out to safeguard its mobile network traffic from security threats such as viruses, spam and worms that can be contained in its email and multimedia mobile services (MMS). With its large number of subscribers, the Scandinavian mobile operator was looking for a high-performing, scalable security solution that would also be cost-effective.

Based on these requirements, 3 Scandinavia decided to replace its existing security solution with two Fortinet FortiGate-5020 chassis-based multi-threat security systems. With Fortinet, 3 Scandinavia benefits from multi-gigabit antivirus protection and can scan both email and MMS messages from one single platform to clean the traffic from infected files or content. The mobile operator also opted for Fortinet's FortiGuard antivirus and anti-spam subscription services to get continuous protection against the latest security threats.

"As mobile services get more sophisticated with the offer of a wide array of multimedia content such as movies and games, our networks get more exposed to viruses and other harmful attacks," said Sandra Strandberg, solution manager for the messaging platform at 3 Scandinavia. "Fortinet's carrier-class security platforms provide us with the high performance and scalability we need in terms of quantity of messages we can filter. Also, Fortinet's model of a per-system licensing was very attractive and allowed us to realize a ROI in only five months compared to the cost of our previous solution, which was based on a per-seat license."

Fortinet's FortiGate-5000 Series of modular, chassis-based multi-threat security systems are the industry's first security solutions to comply with the Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture (ATCA) standard for next generation carrier grade communications equipment. Mobile operators, telecommunication carriers, service providers and large enterprise customers can configure FortiGate-5000 Series systems in a variety of ways to offer unmatched performance, reliability, scalability and security.

"Expanding and opening up networks for roaming, innovation in mobile services, and the significant adoption of standard-based mobile devices all have created new security challenges for mobile operators," said Andre Stewart, Fortinet's vice president of sales, EMEA. "In a very competitive market, telcos are well aware that they need to address those risks while controlling their costs. With our FortiGate-5000 carrier-class products, mobile operators like 3 Scandinavia don't have to make any sacrifices."

About 3

3 is the worldwide leading carrier of mobile broadband network and media services with 14 million subscribers in nine countries. In Sweden and Denmark, 3 is a joint venture between Hong Kong based Hutchison-Whampoa Limited (60%) and Investor AB (40%). 3 Scandinavia has one license to operate a 3G-network in Norway.

About Fortinet (www.fortinet.com)

Fortinet is the pioneer and leading provider of ASIC-accelerated unified threat management, or UTM, security systems, which are used by enterprises and service providers to increase their security while reducing total operating costs. Fortinet solutions were built from the ground up to integrate multiple levels of security protection -- including firewall, antivirus, intrusion prevention, VPN, spyware prevention and anti-spam -- designed to help customers protect against network and content level threats. Leveraging a custom ASIC and unified interface, Fortinet solutions offer advanced security functionality that scales from remote office to chassis-based solutions with integrated management and reporting. Fortinet solutions have won multiple awards around the world and are the only security products that are certified eight times over by ICSA Labs (firewall, antivirus, IPSec, SSL, IPS, client antivirus detection, cleaning and antispyware). Fortinet is privately held and based in Sunnyvale, California.

Fortinet is a registered trademark of Fortinet, Inc. Fortinet, FortiGate, FortiOS, FortiAnalyzer, FortiASIC, FortiCare, FortiManager, FortiWiFi, FortiGuard, FortiClient, and FortiReporter are trademarks of the Fortinet, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks referred to herein are the property of their respective owners.

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