Company News • 21.11.2013
Telenor Selects G&D to Realize Norway’s First Commercial NFC Project
In cooperation with DNB, Telenor is launching Norway’s first commercial NFC project. Munich-based technology group Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) is providing the OTA NFC solution for the mobile network operator, supporting remote management of the secure element in mobile phones to enable contactless payment as well as the NFC SIM cards.
Following the success of the Tap2Pay pilot project launched in Oslo in 2011 , Telenor, one of the world’s largest mobile telecommunications providers, is working with Norway’s biggest bank DNB to expand the scope of the scheme. The aim is to give everyone in Norway the opportunity to make payments using near field communication (NFC) technology. When the service is launched the users will be able to pay at any payment terminal accepting contactless Visa transactions.
This represents a new level in Telenor’s close partnership with G&D. As in the Tap2Pay project, G&D will also be playing a key role in the commercial phase. Using G&D’s OTA solution, Telenor can remotely manage NFC services on SIM cards, allowing DnB NOR’s payment application to be securely downloaded to the protected area of the user SIM. G&D’s OTA solution enables access to the SIM card, initial personalization of the security domain, and management of access authorizations for service providers and their applications. As a result, Telenor can enable any service provider to introduce further NFC applications, such as public transport tickets.
G&D’s OTA NFC solution, the SmartTrust® NFC EnablerTM, brings new business opportunities within Telenor’s reach. This solution entails upgrading G&D’s SmartTrust® DPTM platform, which Telenor already uses for Over-the-Air (OTA) management of SIM cards along their entire lifecycle. Implementation of the new “Remote Application Management over HTTP” standard as part of the delivery ensures faster and more reliable connections for TSM transactions than have generally been possible before. In addition, G&D is supplying Telenor with the multi-application NFC SIM cards for the project.
“The commercial launch of NFC is an important step towards making payment via mobile phone an everyday reality in Norway and throughout Scandinavia,” states Florian Reithmeier, Head of Global Marketing and Sales Mobile Security at Giesecke & Devrient. “In expanding the scope of our longstanding partnership, Telenor is opting for a secure, reliable, and future-proof solution that enables rapid OTA transactions in the NFC ecosystem and leads to high levels of customer satisfaction.”
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