Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital
security, announces that it is delivering its UpTeq
LTE SIM and embedded software applications to EE, the UK's most
advanced communications company, powering the launch of the UK's first
4G mobile network.
EE, the joint venture between France Telecom and Deutsche Telekom in the
UK, is the first mobile operator in the UK to launch 4G, which is
available on the company's EE brand. EE's 4G service is already live in
18 cities and towns across the UK, with 17 more planned by the end
of March 2013, and 98% of the UK population is scheduled to be covered
by the end of 2014.
In this first large-scale LTE deployment in Europe, Gemalto's UpTeq
LTE plays a key role in helping EE meet the commercial and technical
challenges of 4G. The high-end software package included in the SIM card
is compliant with the latest industry standards, and embedded for EE in
both Micro SIM Plus and nano SIM (4FF) formats.
4G technology allows consumers to experience "blinding speed" mobile
interactions, thanks to short response times (low latency), and loading
speed up to five times faster than 3G. Customers can thus experience the
full potential of their mobile devices when browsing the internet, and
securely enjoy data-rich services such as high definition video, live
TV, music and multi-user gaming.
"Gemalto was able to meet our very challenging requirements in terms
of planning, capacity and overall program delivery," commented Simon
Frumkin, VP of Procurement and Supply Chain at EE. "Gemalto moreover
demonstrated the technical expertise required to assist EE in defining
its services precisely, and in implementing quickly the card software
functionalities as well as the back-end applications."
"Through the support of Gemalto EE enjoys immediate access to all the
knowledge and expertise acquired in our recent high profile deployments
in Japan and the US," added Philippe Vrignaud, senior vice-president
of telecommunications at Gemalto. "EE is leading the introduction of
LTE in the UK, and the Gemalto UpTeq LTE front-end and back-end software
technologies allows them to rapidly leverage the full potential of LTE
1 USIM for standard network access, ISIM for IMS network
access and RoHTTP to support application deployment within the Global
Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO) is the world leader in digital
security with 2011 annual revenues of €2 billion and more than
10,000 employees operating out of 74 offices and 14 Research &
Development centers, located in 43 countries.
We are at the heart of the rapidly evolving digital society. Billions of
people worldwide increasingly want the freedom to communicate, travel,
shop, bank, entertain and work – anytime, everywhere – in ways that are
enjoyable and safe. Gemalto delivers on their expanding needs for
personal mobile services, payment security, authenticated cloud access,
identity and privacy protection, eHealthcare and eGovernment efficiency,
convenient ticketing and dependable machine-to-machine (M2M)
Gemalto develops secure embedded software and secure products which we
design and personalize. Our platforms and services manage these secure
products, the confidential data they contain and the trusted end-user
services they enable. Our innovations enable our clients to offer
trusted and convenient digital services to billions of individuals.
Gemalto thrives with the growing number of people using its solutions to
interact with the digital and wireless world.
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