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Gemalto Supplying to All Three Mobile Operators in China

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Smartcard vendor, Gemalto says that it has started supplying its UICC (Universal Identity Cryptographic Computer) and R UIM (Removable User Identity Module) cards to all three mobile operators in China for their 3G networks. With deliveries made through its joint ventures in China, Gemalto says that it is the first provider to be fully qualified to support the different 3G wireless standards CDMA EVDO, TD SCDMA and WCDMA.

"We are extremely honored to play a part in China's telecommunication history by supplying our most advanced technology to China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom through our partners" said Tan Teck Lee, President, Gemalto Asia. "With the current pace of technological advancement subscribers have increasingly higher expectations of their mobile lifestyle experience. The UICC and R-UIM are the perfect platforms for us to support deployment of the wide-spectrum of 3G value-added services that operators will offer to their subscribers".

Earlier in January, the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology issued 3G licenses to China Mobile (TD-SCDMA), China Telecom (WCDMA) and China Unicom (CDMA EVDO), which marked the beginning of China's entrance into the 3G era. Operators have subsequently launched trial 3G services in various cities in preparation for the official launch nationwide.

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