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Mobile Industry Leaders Kick Start Drive for More Connected Devices

Mobile Industry Leaders Kick Start Drive for More Connected Devices

Embedded SIMs to play a key role in boosting capabilities of electronic devices.

SFR, Vodafone, Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) and Gemalto will demonstrate how a new standard for embedded SIM cards and related infrastructure is set to speed the delivery of a wide range of connected devices at the CARTES & IDentification congress in France.

Embedded SIMs are set to play an increasingly important role in society as more and more electronic devices beyond handsets will include a wireless data connection to improve the customer experience.

The pilot implementation will show how the mobile industry is progressing plans to create a common standard for management of embedded SIMs, paving the way for the delivery of the first commercial products from 2012.

Embedded SIMs can be built into a broad range of connected devices then activated both before and after the customer or enterprise has received their device. Mobile operators are then able to remotely set up a customer’s personal account onto a device, maintaining the same end-to-end security as today.

Earlier this year the GSMA committed to drive a worldwide standard for embedded SIMs, making it easier for manufacturers across a wide range of sectors to design connected devices that will work on any network in any country.

The pilot architecture is based on the recommendations of the GSMA Taskforce set up to drive a common standard.

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About SFR –
SFR is the second biggest telecommunications operator in France, with a turnover of €12.6 billion in 2010. As a global operator, it satisfies the requirements of domestic and professional customers, businesses and operators worldwide, covering mobile and fixed telecommunications, Internet and television services. SFR deploys its own mobile and fixed infrastructure, backed by expert IP (Internet Protocol) teams that live up to the ambitious demands placed on them: to be a transparent and responsible market player whose mission is to keep abreast of the needs of each individual and corporate customer, bringing them the best that digital technology can offer.

As of June 31, 2011, SFR had more than 21 million mobile customers, including some 16 million subscribers and 4.9 million high-speed home Internet subscribers. SFR is a fully-owned subsidiary of Vivendi and has around 10 000 employees.

About Vodafone
Vodafone is one of the world’s largest mobile communications companies by revenue with approximately 391 million customers in its controlled and jointly controlled markets as at 30 September 2011. Vodafone currently has equity interests in over 30 countries across five continents and more than 40 partner networks worldwide. For more information, please visit

About Giesecke & Devrient —
Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) is a leading international technology provider headquartered inMunich, Germany. Founded in 1852, the Group now has a workforce of over 10,000 employees and generated sales of EUR 1.7 billion in fiscal 2010. 61 subsidiaries and joint ventures in 32 countries ensure customer proximity worldwide. In all its markets, G&D is a global leader and pioneering innovator in the production and processing of banknotes and banknote paper, security documents, identification systems and smartcard-based solutions. As an end-to-end provider of mobile security applications, G&D develops and sells hardware, software, and services for banks, mobile network operators, public transportation companies, business enterprises, and OEM.

About Gemalto —
Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO) is the world leader in digital security with 2010 annual revenues of €1.9 billion and over 10,000 employees operating out of 87 offices and 13 Research & Development centers in 45 countries.
Gemalto is at the heart of our evolving digital society. Billions of people worldwide increasingly want the freedom to communicate, travel, shop, bank, entertain, and work–anytime, anywhere, in ways that are convenient, enjoyable and secure. Gemalto delivers on the growing demands for personal mobile services, identity protection, payment security, authenticated online services, cloud computing access, modern transportation, e-healthcare and e-government services. Gemalto does this by providing secure software, a wide range of secure personal devices, and managed services to wireless operators, banks, enterprises and government agencies.

As the use of Gemalto’s software and secure devices increases with the number of people interacting in the digital and wireless world, the Company is poised to thrive over the coming years.

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