Amsterdam, Netherlands and Paris, France
Orange, France’s leading mobile operator with over 27 million
subscribers, and Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader
in digital security, announce the first large-scale rollout of a
SIM-based NFC solution to enable NFC-readiness for mass deployment of
mobile contactless services. Orange is the first operator in Europe to
deploy latest-generation NFC SIM cards to its customers in France at a
With this deployment, Orange is pursuing the implementation of a NFC
infrastructure on a national level that enables service providers to
come onboard and massively deploy mobile contactless services.
NFC high-end SIM is first on the market to offer the same
security level as chip-based payment or smart cards. Orange can offer
service providers such as banks, transport operators or retailers an
attractive, secure and scalable solution to deploy new and enhanced
services to end users. The solution
will allow any service
provider to dynamically manage its own security domain in the card and
to load, personalize and update its related NFC applications remotely
Service providers will be offered a secure space on the SIM card, to
manage and update their end customers’ personal data, as within a vault.
Orange subscribers will be able to download, activate and use NFC
services on their phone and in an entirely protected environment. They
will be able to access an easily expandable wallet of new NFC
applications for payments, transportation, ticketing and loyalty
“Gemalto is the first supplier we’re working with for the deployment
of NFC SIM cards at a national level,” said Thierry Millet Vice
President of Mobile Payments & NFC at Orange. “Gemalto’s NFC
solution is fully in line with our strategy to simplify and secure the
use of mobile contactless services. We are committed to equipping our
customers with NFC SIM cards and handsets. We are delighted to achieve a
new landmark with this nationwide rollout towards our subscribers in
“Orange is leading the way in NFC roll out in France and in Europe.
The UpTeq NFC solution meets Orange’s qualifications at both
national and group levels and our teams are on hand to support and
accompany the mobile operator in its NFC strategy,” added Philippe
Vallée, Executive Vice President of Telecommunications at Gemalto.
France Telecom-Orange is one of the world’s leading telecommunications
operators with 171,000 employees worldwide, including 105,000 employees
in France, and sales of 10.9 billion euros in the first three months of
2012. Present in 33 countries, the Group had a customer base of 225
million customers at 31 March 2012, including 181 million customers
under the Orange brand, the Group's single brand for internet,
television and mobile services in the majority of countries where the
company operates. At 31 March 2012, the Group had 166 million mobile
customers and 15 million broadband internet (ADSL, fibre) customers
worldwide. Orange is one of the main European operators for mobile and
broadband internet services and, under the brand Orange Business
Services, is one of the world leaders in providing telecommunication
services to multinational companies.
With its industrial project, "conquests 2015", Orange is
simultaneously addressing its employees, customers and shareholders, as
well as the society in which the company operates, through a concrete
set of action plans. These commitments are expressed through a new
vision of human resources for employees; through the deployment of a
network infrastructure upon which the Group will build its future
growth; through the Group's ambition to offer a superior customer
experience thanks in particular to improved quality of service; and
through the acceleration of international development.
France Telecom (NYSE:FTE) is listed on Euronext Paris (compartment A)
and on the New York Stock Exchange.
For more information (on the internet and on your mobile): www.orange.com,
or to follow us on Twitter: @presseorange.
Orange and any other Orange product or service names included in this
material are trade marks of Orange Brand Services Limited, Orange France
or France Telecom.
Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO) is the world leader in digital
security with 2011 annual revenues of €2 billion and more than 10,000
employees operating out of 74 offices and 14 Research & Development
centers in 43 countries.
We are at the heart of our rapidly evolving digital society. Billions of
people worldwide increasingly want the freedom to communicate, travel,
shop, bank, entertain and work – anytime, everywhere – in ways that are
convenient, enjoyable and secure. Gemalto delivers on their expanding
needs for personal mobile services, payment security, identity
protection, authenticated online services, cloud computing access,
eHealthcare and eGovernment services, modern transportation solutions,
Gemalto develops secure software that runs on trusted devices which we
design and personalize. We manage these devices, the confidential data
they contain and the services they enable, throughout their life cycle.
We innovate so that our clients can offer more ways of enhancing the
convenience and security of their end-users’ digital lives.
Gemalto is thriving with the growing number of people using its software
and secure devices to interact in the digital and wireless world.
For more information visit www.gemalto.com,
blog.gemalto.com, or follow @gemalto on Twitter.