Schlumberger Announces World’s First Commercial Launch of 128K Java SIM Card; Globe Telecom the First Mobile Operator to Deploy the Advanced 3G-Ready Cards

Schlumberger Announces World’s First Commercial Launch of 128K Java SIM Card; Globe Telecom the First Mobile Operator to Deploy the Advanced 3G-Ready Cards

MANILA, Philippines, (BUSINESS WIRE), Sept. 8, 2003–Schlumberger Smart Cards and Terminals, business unit of Schlumberger Limited, today announced the world’s first commercial launch of its 128K USIMERA (Java) SIM card with one of Asia’s leading mobile operator, Globe Telecom.

The new 3G-ready 128K Java SIM card is set to create a substantial impact on the market with its unprecedented memory and processing capabilities, thus enabling mobile operators to provide more personalized, sophisticated and innovative value-added services (VAS).

With the first shipment in early August 2003, the USIMERA 128K cards had been launched by Globe Telecom as the new G-plan Opti-SIM. This powerful SIM can store up to 750 phonebook entries, 100 text messages, and run applications such as organizers with easy-to-use menu interfaces.

Based on Java™ technology that is renowned for its open programming standards, the interoperable SIM card is able to run applications created for Java card platforms, provides faster development time, and offers more efficient deployment of value-added services to individual mobile handset users. It gives mobile operators such as Globe Telecom a platform to evolve and customize services constantly, helping them to better address the needs of their customers.

The G-Plan opti-SIM is now being offered by Globe Telecom exclusive to their plan subscribers. New Globe plan subscribers can get it for FREE while existing subscribers may also upgrade their existing SIM cards with the convenience of maintaining their current mobile numbers. This 128K Java card platform clearly gives Globe Telecom the tool and opportunity to maintain their leadership in service and technology in the Philippine market.

“With the launch of the new G-plan opti-SIM last August 15, 2003, we envision an exciting future where we constantly stay ahead of the game by frequently introducing new applications and giving greater flexibility to our customers” said Ma. Concepcion Alcedo, Vice-President, Globe Telecom. “With the experienced support and great technology expertise from Schlumberger, we are confident that we will be able to set the pace in terms of enhancing subscriber acquisition, loyalty, and innovation in this very competitive environment”.

In addition, since the G-plan Opti-SIM is compliant with both 2G, 2.5G and 3G networks, Globe Telecom and their third party application developers are able to continue to operate existing applications and services independently of the network technology. It makes customer transition to 3G seamless, and reduces a large part of the evolution impact on both business processes and customer service.

“We plan to give the wireless network operators the choice to define new services, backed by pro-active support from Schlumberger, to boost their revenue” added Tan Teck Lee, vice president, Schlumberger Smart Cards & Terminals, Asia.

About Globe Telecom

Globe Telecom is the Philippines’ leading wireless operator, and as a full service telecommunications provider, also offers wireline, international telephony, inter-exchange carrier (ICX), data communications and internet services.

About Schlumberger Smart Cards & Terminals

Schlumberger Smart Cards & Terminals is the world’s leading provider of microprocessor cards (Gartner 2003, Frost & Sullivan 2003)–the key to digital networks–and a major supplier of card-related terminals and transaction software. Its 5000 employees serve customers in more than 100 countries, with worldwide sales exceeding 2.6 billion smart cards to date. The company has more than 20 years’ experience in smart card innovation and leads its industry in security technology and open systems.

Schlumberger Smart Cards & Terminals continuously creates new generations of products for use in a variety of applications in the telecommunications, finance, retail, transport, entertainment, healthcare, personal identification, information technology and public sector markets. Smart card solutions provide convenience, security and privacy to public and private services operators, their customers and end users.

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