P234 Authentication Services

Rationale
Authentication of users to access telecommunication services is required to secure the users and network/service providers rights. In the case of the fixed network authentication of the user is traditionally associated with the subscriber line. New services, if accessible everywhere, or services which support the mobile user, require authentication of the user. Studies in this area are carried out by ETSI NA7 (Universal Personal Telecommunication), ETSI TE9 (IC cards), ITU-T SG 1 and EURESCOM. Authentication is also needed more and more between end-users (e.g. tele-banking). The interest of authentication is therefore growing: both users and network operators have to be aware of the need and the possible techniques. From the user point of view a uniform authentication to get access to services is required.

Objectives
The main objectives of this project were to: