Videotron Selects Gemalto 3G SIM Card Solution as it Targets Growth in Canadian Wireless Subscribers’ Market
CTIA WIRELESS 2009, Las Vegas, April 2, 2009 – Gemalto, the world leader in digital security, today announced Videotron has selected Gemalto’s 3G Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) card solution to provide secure connectivity for wireless phone and data services on its High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) network in Canada.
Videotron Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Quebecor Media Inc., is an integrated communications company engaged in cable television and in cable telephony. Videotron is the Québec leader in high-speed Internet access with more than one million cable modems in its network, and has more than 63,000 client lines in wireless telephony. Last year, Canada auctioned new spectrum to open the doors for new market entrants, and as a successful bidder, Videotron is planning significant growth in its wireless business.
“Gemalto’s extensive global experience and technology leadership in advanced SIM cards make them an ideal partner for us as we expand our wireless services,” said Marie Ginette Lepage, general manager, Marketing and Product Development, Wireless, Videotron.
Videotron’s implementation of HSPA has significant advantages for their customer base. Leveraging Gemalto’s 3G SIM, Videotron will be able to simplify the portability of subscriptions across HSPA devices. This provides customers with more mobility options reinforcing Videotron’s customer retention.
Sébastien Cano, senior vice president, Telecommunications North America, Gemalto, added, “Videotron will be a very dynamic player in the Canadian market and we look forward to a close collaboration in the development of innovative services for its customers.”
Gemalto is the world’s leading producer of SIM cards, SIM-based services and over-the-air (OTA) platforms, managing SIM services for more than 400 mobile operators worldwide. Gemalto is on the leading edge of development of advanced mobile connectivity with 3G technology which features advanced algorithms to secure end-user confidentiality.
More information about Gemalto’s wireless telecom solutions is available at http://www.gemalto.com/telecom.
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) 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.