An Access Point Name (APN) is a point of entry onto an IP network for a mobile device. An APN can be either private or public. Private APNs are also known as corporate APNs within the South African industry
The features and benefits of APNs are:
a) Configurability – Private APNs offer customers the ability to configure various settings such as IP address ranges, static or dynamic addressing as well as authentication techniques.
b) Security – Subscribers that are connected via a private APN are only visible to other devices on the same APN. This makes APNs a superior solution in terms of data security when compared to using the public internet APN or any other shared internet access. When an APN is used in conjunction with fixed-line backhaul terminating at a customer’s data centre, the organizations data remains on the customer’s private data network between the remote terminal and the data centre. The APN solution thus offers a secure mobile VPN. This architecture offers considerably more security than the typical VPN solution that uses a VPN server in conjunction with a software VPN client since the VPN session data traverses the public internet and it is hence more vulnerable.
c) Cost effectiveness – APNs offers a cost effective mobile VPN solution due to the ability to aggregate usage as well as the competitive data pricing. In addition APNs applied as part of a mobile VPN solution benefit from having mobile users conform to security and usage policies – this feature limits abuse and improves cost effectiveness.
d) National Coverage – Vodacom’s extensive 3G coverage and network reliability means that mobile users will have fast and secure access across the country.
e) Global Coverage – Vodacom’s extensive global partner network offers APN users access to their APN across the globe. For VPN applications it translates into seamless access to all the organization’s applications and data, conveniently and securely virtually anywhere in the world.
f ) Complementary products – Vodacom business offers extensive products to complement the APN solution, these include internet access, access solutions (fibre, diginet & microwave), hosting and SAAS. Our extensive product range allows Vodacom to provide a one-stop shop to our customers to provide a complete end-to-end service.
g) Design Support – Our Vodacom Business sales team include dedicated solutions specialists to advise and assist customers with a complete solution design.
h) After Sales Support – Our dedicated support teams offer specialized support and assistance for APNs