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Sri Lankan Mobile Operators Launch GSMA Mobile Connect Trial

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Two of Sri Lanka's mobile networks, Dialog Axiata and Mobitel are to launch a beta trial of the GSMA's Mobile Connect service that will allow consumers to access a wide array of digital services by using their phones as devices for authentication.

The service will be launched in conjunction with select Sri Lankan online service providers including Kapruka, MyDeal and WoW and will be made available to participating subscribers by the end of June.

"Consumers are increasingly concerned over the security of their digital identity and mobile operators are ideally positioned to enable consumers to manage this by ensuring they can interact and access services in a private, trusted and secure way," said Anne Bouverot, Director General, GSMA.

Etisalat is expected to launch Mobile Connect services in the third quarter of 2014, while Orange intends to provide Mobile Connect-based solutions across Europe and Africa and the Middle East by 2015. Ooredoo is also aiming to provide similar services in South East Asia in the same time frame.

The GSMA also announced that leading SIM technology providers Gemalto, Giesecke & Devrient, Morpho, Oberthur Technologies, and VALID are working with the GSMA and mobile operators to develop authentication applets to accelerate the deployment of Mobile Connect services.

The SIM applet provides the challenge/response mechanism through which the user interacts with the Mobile Connect service. By using the security of the SIM, twinned with the secure mobile channel, operators are able to provide a high level of assurance for authentication and identity assertion services. Furthermore, the use of the SIM as a secure repository and verification engine supports user privacy by ensuring that the user's PIN is never stored centrally or accessible to any third party, including the mobile operators.

The SIM technology providers will include this applet as a standard feature in the SIMs offered to mobile network operators with a targeted availability by end of 2014.

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