T-Mobile USA today released a new secure encrypted Connection Manager that will enable users to login to any of the 4700 nationwide HotSpot wireless networks. With this new software, an 802.1x client will send their encrypted username and password to the T-Mobile authentication server, if the account is valid, the server will issue a private WPA key to the client, thus granting them access to the Internet.
“CIOs across the country have been asking for enhanced security and we’re the first US wireless carrier to deliver it,” said Joe Sims, vice president and general manager of T-Mobile HotSpot. “The roll-out of 802.1x across our network will enable IT managers and business professionals to use T-Mobile HotSpot as a more secure virtual extension of their corporate networks and offices. Today, one of the final barriers to significant corporate adoption of Wi-Fi was removed for professionals and companies looking to enhance their mobility strategy.”