Vodafone Selects Gemalto to Setup and Manage Global NFC Mobile Payment Services

Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security announces that it has been selected by Vodafone Group, one of the world’s largest mobile communications service providers, to provide and operate its global Trusted Service Management (TSM) platform and deploy NFC services solutions.

This multi-year global contract will provide the foundation for secure and convenient ‘wave and pay’ contactless transactions via mobile phone, as well as for numerous new services that demand the highest levels of security and integrity. Key elements of the end-to-end solution that is being integrated by Gemalto include the Allynis TSM service platform (a complete solution that ensures mobile payment end-to-end security encryption between financial institutions and mobile operators) and the company’s UpTeq NFC high-end card product.

As the turnkey supplier and systems integrator for Vodafone’s ambitious international project, Gemalto will provide for the launch of a range of innovative services that can address hundreds of millions of subscribers, located in all the countries where Vodafone Group operates. To support this program, Gemalto’s solution will allow both Vodafone subsidiaries and third party service providers such as banks, transport operators and retailers to seamlessly plug into a secure and reliable NFC ecosystem.

“We are committed to partnering with the best suppliers to offer customers the speed, simplicity and convenience of managing everyday transactions with a single wave or tap of their smartphones” said Christian Wirtz, Vodafone Group’s mCommerce Director. “The consumer benefits of contactless payments are obvious and the industry in Europe is now at the beginning of rolling out a contactless infrastructure. The potential of mobile to transform existing industries – such as financial services, retail and transport- is enormous.”

Vodafone’s decision to deploy the first global NFC service with Gemalto marks another important milestone in the long-standing and successful relationship between the two companies” added Philippe Vallée, Executive Vice-President of Telecommunications at Gemalto. “With the experience of dozens of TSM deployments worldwide, Gemalto brings significant accumulated expertise from both the telecoms and banking sectors. Vodafone’s project will benefit from Gemalto’s robust solution portfolio and from our know-how in end-to-end mission-critical systems integration.”

Source: ME Newswire – Press Release – 30 October 2012

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