GSMA says Mobile Connect available to 2 bln subscribers

Monday 22 February 2016 | 10:37 CET | News
The GSMA announced that the GSMA Mobile Connect mobile-based authentication platform is now available to 2 billion consumers globally. Since the platform was introduced at Mobile World Congress 2014, 34 mobile operators have launched the service in 21 countries, with plans for additional launches and trials to follow in 2016. Operators offering services based on Mobile Connect include America Movil, Axiata Group (Bangladesh, Indonesia, Sri Lanka), China Mobile, Zong, China Telecom, China Unicom, DNA, Elisa, Globe Telecom, Indosat Ooredoo, Mobilink, Mobitel, Orange (Egypt, France, Morocco, Spain), Sunrise, Swisscom, Telefonica (Argentina, Mexico, Peru, Spain), Telenor (Bangladesh, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Thailand), TeliaSonera (Finland), Telkomsel, Telstra, TIM and Turkcell. 

Mobile Connect enables customers to create and manage a digital universal identity via a single log-in. The service securely authenticates users, enabling them to digitally confirm their identity and their credentials and grant safe online access to mobile and digital services such as e-commerce, banking, health and digital entertainment, and e-government, via their mobile phones. It works by employing the user’s unique mobile number, combined with a unique PIN for more secure use cases, to verify and grant online access anywhere they see the Mobile Connect logo. All operators and online service providers using Mobile Connect have signed up to the GSMA Mobile Connect privacy principles. 

Operators committed to deliver the service this year include Aircel, AIS Thailand, Bharti Airtel (India), Etisalat (Pakistan, United Arab Emirates), Idea Cellular, MTN, Ooredoo (Algeria, Myanmar), Orange (Jordan, Poland), Smart Axiata, Smart Communications, Tata Teleservices, Telefonica (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Uruguay), Telenor India, T-Mobile Poland and Vodafone India and Spain. Mobile Connect has also been trialled in Finland and Spain to establish proof-of-concept for cross-border authentication of e-government services and online interactions between businesses, citizens and public authorities. 

While initially focused on secure and convenient log-in to digital services, Mobile Connect is evolving to deliver secure authorisation of digital transactions and to add context and attributes about the user and the transaction to increase convenience, trust and security for users and online service providers. This is being trialled in the UK by O2 and Vodafone. 

Digital service providers using Mobile Connect include BDTickets, Bloodlink, Cipika Play, CriticaLink, Dhaka Pixel, GoGhoom, Homeshopping.pk, LangitMusik, migme, Mudah, Rozee.pk, TakeMeTour.com (Thailand), Wavoo, WOW and Wunn Zin Bookstore. Vendors such as Apigee, Ericsson, Gemalto, Giesecke & Devrient, GMO GlobalSign Oy, MePIN/Meontrust, Morpho (Safran), Movenda, Nok Nok Labs, Orange Business Services, Ping Identity and WSO2.Telco provide the technology necessary to support Mobile Connect and to enable integration with the operators’ mobile networks.

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