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Gemalto Enables Commercial Mobile NFC Transport and Payment Roll-out in Hong Kong

  Gemalto Enables Commercial Mobile NFC Transport and Payment Roll-out in Hong

PCCW-HKT, leading Hong Kong mobile operator, deploys FeliCa on Octopus Mobile
   SIM as next generation mobile wallet, towards leadership in contactless
                           services in smart cities

Business Wire

AMSTERDAM -- October 14, 2013

Regulatory News:

Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security,
announces it has worked with PCCW-HKT, one of Hong Kong’s major mobile network
operators and Octopus Cards Limited (OCL), a leading contactless smartcard
payment service provider in the world, to bring the security and convenience
of mobile NFC ticketing to its subscribers, as well as a number of additional
value added NFC services. Gemalto’s UpTeq™ multi tenant NFC SIM^1 will enable
PCCW-HKT subscribers to load the Octopus payment functions onto their mobile
NFC device for payment in Hong Kong’s public transportation and retail
services, as well as other purposes such as Octopus access control and loyalty

With more than 23 million Octopus cards in circulation, Octopus delivers a
broad range of micro payment services to 95% of Hong Kong’s population. The
Octopus Mobile Payment Service is the world’s first commercial SIM-based
implementation and deployment of the FeliCa application on NFC SIMs. FeliCa is
a multi-purpose technology originally developed for payment and transportation
applications in Japan, in an effort led by Sony and NTT DoCoMo. It is today
broadly used in Japan, and in other countries particularly Hong Kong.

The mobile NFC ticketing service allows commuters to pay for journeys on all
of Hong Kong’s public transport systems, including the metro, rail, bus,
ferry, coach and tram, as well as paying for fares on minibuses and taxis that
accept Octopus. Using their selected and tested Sony NFC-enabled smartphones
as an e-purse, commuters will be able to top up their Octopus Mobile SIM via
any of the Octopus readers in Hong Kong. In addition, users can conveniently
pay over-the-counter at retail shops, food and beverages outlets, as well as
purchase entrance tickets at selected entertainment venues. Drivers will also
able to pay for their parking using their mobile NFC phones.

Mr. Alex Arena, Group Managing Director of PCCW-HKT, said: "Our cooperation
with OCL to provide Octopus mobile payment service integrating NFC technology,
which is the first such service in Hong Kong, is another example of HKT’s
efforts to enrich the lifestyle of our customers, who can now enjoy
convenient, effective, and secure mobile payment under Octopus’ extensive
transport and retail coverage all over Hong Kong.”

“Hong Kong has the second highest population density in the world and also one
of the most developed multimodal public transport networks,” Mr. Sunny Cheung,
CEO of Octopus Cards Ltd., said. “We are pleased with the rollout of Hong
Kong’s first Octopus Mobile Payment Service using designated NFC smartphones
on transport infrastructure as a key to shifting consumer behavior towards the
widespread use of mobile contactless services, and towards providing an
additional, simple and attractive usage method of our public transportation
system by local users.”

“The mobile wallet offers daily commuters yet another convenient option for
mass transit usage and payment, complementing the well-known and so popular
Octopus contactless card success,” added Michael Au, Senior Vice-President of
Telecommunications at Gemalto Asia. “In addition to our NFC expertise, we are
also bringing here our global experience in public transport, having deployed
multi-application contactless transport cards in over 30 large and
mega-cities, servicing many millions of inhabitants worldwide every day. This
first commercial implementation of the FeliCa application on NFC SIMs will
open up new business opportunities outside of Hong Kong and I look forward to
seeing transport services act as a catalyst that boosts NFC adoption amongst
consumers globally and provides the associated reward to the leading
transport, mobile and payment operators who deploy it first.”

^1 Gemalto’s UpTeq range of high end SIM has been designed to securely host
multiple value added applications on the card. LTE account activation,
contactless payment or transport applications can be deployed by MNOs and
service providers in an independent way, each of them acting as a “tenant” and
managing personalization and life-cycle of its application. The card becomes a
“multi-tenancy” environment where multiple service providers share the same
vault, but each has its own secure space.

About Gemalto

Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO) is the world leader in digital security
with 2012 annual revenues of €2.2 billion and more than 10,000 employees
operating out of 83 offices and 13 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. We develop secure embedded
software and secure products which we design and personalize. Our platforms
and services manage these products, the confidential data they contain and the
trusted end-user services made possible.

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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Gemalto Media Contacts:
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