The patent for "Network Based Authentication" protects CounterPath's means of authenticating a VoIP softphone application on a device through a GSM-based telephone network rather than through the traditional username and password. This enhances "the value of CounterPath's Operator OTT (Over the Top) solution offerings" and enables "mobile operators to offer a highly improved seamless VoIP user experience for its customers," according to the company's press release.
The patent allows manufacturers and service providers to include a built-in app on a device that allows it to "just work" with regard to mobile authentication when the user turns on the device. This eliminates the need for a username and password.
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