Brasil Telecom Launches 3G Network with Gemalto’s USIM Cards
Gemalto’s 3G technology enables Brasil Telecom mobile users to experience new, secure and faster wireless data services
São Paulo, June 5, 2008–Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, announces its selection by Brasil Telecom to provide USIM cards for the launch of its 3G network this month. The USIM technology, advanced software adapted for 3G networks and loaded in SIM cards, will allow Brasil Telecom’s users to access unique value added services and benefit from higher levels of security on electronic transactions performed with their mobiles.
Benjamin Binet, Gemalto’s Vice-President of Marketing for Latin America explains: “Our USIM technology enables Brasil Telecom 3G users to roam in any 3G network available around the world, thanks to a new software feature. In addition, USIM cards provided by Gemalto support future applications such as multimedia content distribution, mobile TV access and mobile payment.”
Gemalto is the first company qualified to supply Brasil Telecom’s USIM cards for its 3G network. These USIM cards provide mutual authentication between the user and the network, a security feature particularly important in mobile broadband connection, which allows mobile Internet users to perform their transactions in a safer manner. Benefits are that voice and data traffic is encrypted in the 3G network, preventing unauthorized parties from seeing the content. This security feature is especially important for financial transactions and corporate activities.
Roberto Rittes, Brasil’s Telecom Director of Mobile Operations and Business Development adds that “the USIM also offers a better address book than GSM network SIM cards, enabling the user to store more data, such as name, address and many contact telephone numbers, text messages (SMS) and other information. USIM cards are more secure and will improve our service business thanks to the improvement on the data transfer capacity.”
Gemalto (Euronext NL 0000400653 GTO) is the leader in digital security with pro forma 2007 annual revenues of over €1.6 billion, more than 85 offices in 40 countries and about 10,000 employees including 1,300 R&D engineers. In a world where the digital revolution is increasingly transforming our lives, Gemalto’s solutions are designed to make personal digital interactions more convenient, secure and enjoyable. Gemalto provides end-to-end digital security solutions, from the development of software applications through design and production of secure personal devices such as smart cards, SIMs, e-passports, and tokens to the deployment of managed services for its customers. More than a billion people worldwide use the company’s products and services for telecommunications, financial services, e-government, identity management, multimedia content, digital rights management, IT security, mass transit and many other applications.
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. Gemalto was formed in June 2006 by the combination of Axalto and Gemplus.
For more information please visit http://www.gemalto.com.
About Brasil Telecom
Brasil Telecom is the first Brazilian telecommunication company capable of satisfying the market demands in an integrated manner, by providing converging services in its fixed and mobile operations, data and voice, national and international long distance calls, data centers, broadband connection and dial-up access. In 2007, Brasil Telecom was the first telecommunication company in Brazil–and the second in Latin America–to launch the IPTV service, which enables the user to watch audiovisual contents, access Web content and play games online.
In Brazil, the company is a telephony service provider for millions of people who live in an area known as Region 2, which includes the following states: Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina, Paraná, Mato Grosso do Sul, Mato Grosso, Goiás, Tocantins, Acre, Rondônia and Distrito Federal. Headquartered in Brasília (the capital), its subscribers base includes 8 million operating fixed terminals, over 4 million mob ile accesses, 282,000 public use terminals and 1.6 million ADSL (broadband) accesses.
Brasil Telecom Cabos Submarinos (“Globenet”) has 13,670 miles (22,000 km) of undersea cables connecting Brazil with South America, Bermuda and North America. The affiliate Brasil Telecom Comunicação Multimedia works, among other areas, in the country’s three major cities out of the coverage area: São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte, focusing on the business and corporate markets. Both companies offer complete national and international solutions, including Cyber Data Center.
For more information, please visit http://www.brasiltelecom.com.br (in Brazilian Portuguese).
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