Giesecke & Devrient Supplying TeliaSonera with 1-Gigabyte SIM Cards
Initial mega-memory SIM card pilot trials being conducted on commercially available PDA/Mobile Handset
SIM card allows control of brand identity and configuration settings
Barcelona, February 12, 2007–TeliaSonera, the leading telecommunications operator in the Nordic and Baltic states, has commissioned Giesecke & Devrient (G&D), the world’s second largest manufacturer of smart cards, to provide it with SIM cards featuring a storage capacity of over one gigabyte (GB) for preliminary trials. The 1 GB SIM card from G&D, dubbed GalaxSIM, runs on a corresponding chip platform from Samsung. The trial will be conducted on a P3600 personal digital assistant (PDA) from HTC.
The GalaxSIM card uses the MMC interface of the P3600 PDA from HTC for speedy communication between card and phone. Although the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) agreed on USB as the standard for a high-speed protocol in November 2006, there are presently still no USB-enabled cell phones available on the market. For that reason, TeliaSonera opted to go with the MMC interface, which is ready for use now, for testing and transition purposes. For later migration to USB standards, G&D already offers USB-enabled GalaxSIM cards.
Test cards with phone book synchronization and pocket PC games
The GalaxSIM being used for the TeliaSonera pilot trials comes with a variety of information and applications incorporated into its high density NAND flash memory: graphics and logos, settings files for modifying network parameters, a selection of pocket computer games, and a phone boo application produced by G&D, called GalaxSIM Sync, which enables automatic backup of phone book entries on the SIM card. GalaxSIM Sync immediately recognizes new entries to the cell phone and saves them as backup on the SIM card in the typical VCard format, thereby allowing the entries to be easily and completely transferred from the card to a new phone whenever the owner changes handsets.
“To us, the SIM card represents an important link to our wireless customers. By being the first operator in the Nordic and Baltic states in trialling the multimedia SIM card at this early stage we continue in our ambition to provide our customers with simplicity and easy to use services,” says Lars Klasson, Head of Products & Production in Business Area Mobility Services in TeliaSonera AB.
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Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) is a technology leader in the field of smart cards, providing smart card based solutions for telecommunications, electronic payment, health care, ID, transportation, and IT security (PKI). G&D is also a leading producer of banknotes and security documents and is dominant in the field of currency automation. Based in Munich, Germany, the G&D group has subsidiaries and joint ventures around the world. In fiscal 2005, the Group employed some 7,500 people and generated revenue of €1.24 billion. For more information, please visit our Web site at http://www.gi-de.com/press.
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