China Unicom Selects Gemalto in China's First NFC Payment Service

  China Unicom Selects Gemalto in China's First NFC Payment Service

  Gemalto's UpTeq NFC SIM To Secure The Unicom Merchants’ Bank Mobile Wallet

Mobile World Congress 2013

Business Wire

BARCELONA -- February 26, 2013

Regulatory News:

Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security,
announced that its UpTeq NFC  SIM  card has been selected by China Unicom to
secure its mobile wallet program. China Unicom is the nation’s second-largest
wireless operator, with more than 220 million subscribers in which over 60
million are on 3G. The Unicom Merchants’ Bank mobile wallet is the first NFC
payment service being launched in China, in a joint collaboration between
China Unicom and China Merchants Bank (CMB) for the mobile wallet itself.

China Unicom’s mobile wallet enables consumers to make purchases at food and
beverage outlets, including retailers and merchants who accept China Union
Pay’s QuickPass contactless cards. There are currently over 162,000 QuickPass
point-of-sale terminals in Shanghai that are compatible with the mobile
wallet. The mobile wallet enables that China Unicom subscribers with a CMB
credit card can securely store their card details in the SIM card of their NFC
enabled mobile phone. Gemalto’s UpTeq NFC SIM is already chosen by mobile
operators in 25 NFC projects globally and provides banking-grade security
equivalent to an integrated-chip payment card.

The UpTeq NFC SIM is designed as a high-end security device to handle the
processing, storage and verification of confidential and sensitive data. It
contains an expanded capacity for hosting a broad range of NFC services that
can include payment, as well as transportation, logical and/ or physical
access and loyalty programs. In addition, it enables mobile network operators
to easily deploy and manage new services and install additional applications
post-issuance. This unique flexibility is key to attracting more service
providers looking to harness NFC technologies and to ensure successful
deployment and adoption of NFC services beyond payments.

“Following China’s decision to adopt NFC, this launch is only the tip of the
iceberg in terms of end-user services that will be developed,” said Michael
Au, Senior Vice President of Telecommunications at Gemalto Asia. “The mobile
payment sector in China is set for explosive growth in the near term. Our
experience in over 50 mobile NFC deployments around the globe places us well
to support China Unicom’s rollout of its Unicom Merchants’ Bank mobile wallet
to tens of millions of customers. Gemalto’s UpTeq NFC SIM can also readily
support an expanded ecosystem of NFC services to provide significant value add
to consumers.”

Gemalto NFC projects include KDDI in Japan, the Singapore Consortium, ISIS and
Chase in the U.S, as well as Orange, T-Mobile and Vodafone in Europe.

About Gemalto

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) applications.

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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