Gemalto Secures Exclusive (U)SIM Card Deal with Virgin Media
Deal builds on a 10 year relationship between leading Mobile Virtual Network Operator, and Gemalto
Cartes & IDentification, Villepinte, France, Nov 18, 2009–Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, today announced it has secured a two-year exclusive agreement to supply Virgin Media with (U)SIM cards and its LinqUs™ Device Management solution. Virgin Media is Europe’s largest Mobile Virtual Network Operator with over three million customers. The Gemalto cards will allow Virgin Media’s mobile customers to securely access and enjoy a wide range of value-added services, whilst the device management solution ensures service access to users across all handsets. The contract further extends 10 years’ continued business relationship between the two parties.
The Gemalto solution facilitates access to the operator’s web portal and makes new services easily available. LinqUs™ Device Management enables automatic remote configuration of mobile data applications in handsets, so that Virgin Media’s mobile customers will receive the correct configuration settings to suit their mobile phone model simply by accepting the update upon handset activation.
“Gemalto has been our partner since our mobile service first launched in 1999,” commented Jonathan Kini, director of mobile at Virgin Media. “This extension to our agreement enables us to continue developing a wide-range of future services for our customers, utilising the ever-increasing power and the security inside the SIM card.”
“We are extremely proud to be a strategic partner of Virgin Media,” added Philippe Vallée, Executive Vice President of the Telecommunications Business Unit at Gemalto. “This new contract extension demonstrates the trust Virgin Media places in Gemalto as a proven and steadfast partner. We believe our device management solution will ensure successful service adoption, as Virgin Media continues to evolve its mobile service.”
Gemalto (Euronext NL 0000400653 GTO) is the world leader in digital security with 2008 annual revenues of €1.68 billion, and 10,000 employees operating out of 75 offices, research and service centers in 40 countries.
Gemalto is at the heart of our evolving digital society. The freedom to communicate, travel, shop, bank, entertain, and work–anytime, anywhere–has become an integral part of what people want and expect, in ways that are convenient, enjoyable and secure.
Gemalto delivers on the growing demands of billions of people worldwide for mobile connectivity, identity and data protection, credit card safety, health and transportation services, e-government and national security. We do this by supplying to governments, wireless operators, banks and enterprises a wide range of secure personal devices, such as subscriber identification modules (SIM), Universal Integrated Circuit Card (UICC) in mobile phones, smart banking cards, smart card access badges, electronic passports, and USB tokens for online identity protection. To complete the solution we also provide software, systems and services to help our customers achieve their goals.
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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