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Federated Wireless and CU Boulder Support GHOST, Securing Government Communications

By Alex Passett

In August, Federated Wireless announced its partnership with World Wide Technology to deliver turnkey private wireless LTE and 5G solutions to both enterprises and carriers, bringing accessibility, flexibility, and simplicity to those solutions’ consumption models. As Federated Wireless’ Chief Technology Officer Kurt Schaubach said at the time of the announcement, “Bringing what’s needed to assemble a whole comprehensive wireless ecosystem can be challenging. Best-in-class technology and top network deployment expertise is necessary to expand service offerings at a hyperscale pace.” (Read this full story on IoT Evolution World here.)

In September, Federated Wireless was selected by VMware to deliver private 4G and 5G NaaS capabilities for its new VMware Private Mobile Network Service. Kevin McCartney, Vice President of Alliances at Federated Wireless, stated that “Enterprises today look for private cellular networks to enable business transformation. They look for solutions that integrate with their existing infrastructure. So, we’re providing customers in difficult-to-cover environments with an easy on-ramp to private 4G and 5G.”

But what of October for Federated Wireless?

The latest: Federated Wireless announced it will provide both critical technologies and commercial support to the University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder). This support is for a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant; an NSF Convergence Accelerator grant, specifically.

The why: CU Boulder expects to develop new technologies that enable secure military and government communications over global 5G networks. (Notably, this is Phase 2 of an initial NSF award to CU Boulder and Federated Wireless from September 2022.)

More details:

Federated Wireless is supporting the 5G Hidden Operations through Securing Traffic (GHOST) project, intended to ensure that American soldiers, government operators and critical infrastructure can securely use 5G networks globally, even if they are deployed by potentially adversarial nations. The technologies explored will include disguising and anonymizing user identities and traffic to prevent surveillance and analysis by hostile parties.

“GHOST addresses the core challenge of providing reliable and secure communications over untrusted networks,” said Keith Gremban, lead researcher on this GHOST project for the university. “At the end of this phase, we’ll be able to demonstrate a working integrated prototype that demonstrates GHOST concepts.”

"We’re extremely pleased to have Federated Wireless on board,” Gremban added, “for their communications expertise and capabilities in rapidly prototyping cutting-edge 5G concepts. Their involvement helps enable us to build a prototype capable of securing 5G communications in the most difficult environments."

Edited by Greg Tavarez
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