Silent Circle Announces Strategic European Carrier Partnership With KPN
KPN will offer privacy-focused Blackphone handsets to its 44.5M subscribers,
resell Silent Circle's mobile device privacy apps and support Silent Circle's
forthcoming European Out-Circle Access service
WASHINGTON and THE HAGUE, Netherlands, Feb. 19, 2014
WASHINGTON and THE HAGUE, Netherlands, Feb. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Silent
Circle, the global private communications firm revolutionizing mobile device
privacy and security for organizations and individuals alike, today announced
a strategic partnership with Dutch telecommunications carrier KPN N.V. The
partnership makes KPN the inaugural carrier partner for Blackphone - the
world's first privacy-focused smartphone - developed through a
Switzerland-based joint-venture of Silent Circle and Geeksphone and launching
on Feb. 24 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. KPN will distribute
Blackphone handsets to individuals and enterprises among its 44.5 million
subscribers across Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands and resell Silent
Circle's encrypted mobile apps and services like Silent Phone and Silent Text
to give its customers a full range of privacy options for their sensitive
business and personal communications.
"KPN believes and is committed to secure and reliable communications for
everyone," said Jaya Baloo, KPN's Chief Information Security Officer.
"Customers want to protect their sensitive and private information in the best
possible way. This is a unique opportunity to offer encrypted voice, data, and
video through our exclusive cooperation with Silent Circle, and KPN can once
again pioneer in the global telecommunications arena."
"This unique partnership demonstrates that KPN is one of the most innovative
telecoms in the world," said Silent Circle CEO and co-founder Mike Janke.
"They have one of the world's strongest privacy and security commitments of
any telecom, lead by their CEO Eelco Blok and their CSO Jaya Baloo. This
further showcases KPN's commitment to bringing privacy and secure
communications to the citizens of Europe."
KPN will help meet high European demand for Blackphone and its wireless
subscribers can additionally use their existing customer accounts to purchase
the Silent Circle Mobile package, which includes Silent Phone and Silent Text
and gain a full range of private communications features for their iOS or
Android devices. KPN users can place private voice and video calls with Silent
Phone and exchange private text messages with Silent Text, including support
for file transfers up to 100MB and additional "Burn Notice" auto-delete
protection for documents and multimedia files. To ensure complete privacy,
Silent Circle's apps and services never log user metadata and manage
encryption keys exclusively on users' devices; meaning Silent Circle and its
carrier partners cannot decipher the contents of users' calls and messages.
Silent Circle's partnership with KPN underscores the companies' shared
commitment to protecting customers' privacy and further establishes Silent
Circle's leadership in offering an unmatched, private encrypted platform
meeting worldwide demand for secure alternatives to vulnerable communications
mediums. Through their partnership, the companies will leverage KPN's network
infrastructure to deliver a dedicated Silent Circle Out-Circle Access calling
option for the European market in 2014. Out-Circle access allows a Silent
Phone subscriber to place calls to traditional landlines, cell and other phone
numbers. These calls "Outside the Circle" are encrypted from the Silent Phone
user's handset to the edge of Silent Circle's secure private network in a
given region, before they are routed to conventional phone systems. With KPN's
support, European Out-Circle Access will add an additional measure of
convenience for Silent Phone users requiring the ability to call conventional
numbers in Europe and elsewhere.
KPN is the leading telecommunications and ICT service provider in the
Netherlands, offering wireline and wireless telephony, internet and TV to
consumers and end-to-end telecom and ICT services to business customers. In
Germany and Belgium, KPN pursues a Challenger strategy in its wireless
operations and holds number three market positions through E-Plus and BASE.
KPN provides wholesale network services to third parties and operates an
efficient IP-based infrastructure with global scale in international wholesale
through iBasis. For more information on KPN visit: http://corporate.kpn.com
ABOUT SILENT CIRCLE
Silent Circle is a global private communications service headquartered in
Washington D.C. providing a revolutionary device to device platform enabling
private and secure communications via voice, video, text and file transfer on
mobile devices. Silent Circle was co-founded byMike Janke, former Navy SEAL
and security specialist; Phil Zimmermann, the world famous creator of Internet
encryption for voice and data and 2012 inductee into the Internet Hall of
Fame; and Jon Callas, creator of Apple's whole disk encryption and co-Founder
of PGP Corporation. For more on Silent Circle, go
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