Monday, 8 December 2014

Deutsche Telekom AG uses NFC SIM cards featuring a CIPURSE applet from G&D



Smartphone users signed up with Hungarian telecommunications company Magyar Telekom PLC., a subsidiary of DeutscheTelekom AG, will be able to carry out a variety of transactions, such as ticketing and payment, safely and securely using a SIM card. To this end, Munich-based technology provider Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) will supply the Hungarian mobile network operator with its highly specialized NFC SIM cards. This is the first time an NFC SIM card featuring a CIPURSE™ applet will be used. Munich, December 8, 2014 – Smartphone users signed up with Hungarian telecommunications company Magyar Telekom PLC., a subsidiary of DeutscheTelekom AG, will be able to carry out a variety of transactions, such as ticketing and payment, safely and securely using a SIM card. To this end, Munich-based technology provider Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) will supply the Hungarian mobile network operator with its highly specialized NFC SIM cards. This is the first time an NFC SIM card featuring a CIPURSE™ applet will be used.



As of the end of November 2014, a G&D multifunctional SIM card is available exclusively to mobile customers of Magyar Telekom. The card uses contactless Near Field Communication (NFC) technology and is based on the OSPT Alliance* CIPURSE open standard specification. The NFC-enabled SIM card from G&D used by the Hungarian telecommunications company not only turns smartphones into convenient communication devices, but also allows them to be used as electronic wallets. These NFC SIM cards give Hungarian mobile customers the first opportunity worldwide to try out the secure, contactless MasterCard PayPass payment application or to carry out financial transactions at the Hungarian partner bank OTP. They also have the option to use the SuperShop loyalty card or conveniently order tickets for almost any cultural or sporting occasion in the country via InterTicket, the largest event agency in Hungary. The SIM card featuring a CIPURSE applet also enables future secure applications, including paperless payment on public transport or in taxis.

G&D was the supplier in the world's first project for a contactless smart card based on the CIPURSE specification in 2013, which was successfully implemented in Brazil. Now in Hungary, just one year later, the Munich technology company is part of the world's first project involving an NFC SIM card featuring the CIPURSE open standard applet, on which a range of independent

“We are pleased that Deutsche Telekom AG has chosen to exclusively implement G&D's NFC SIM cards featuring a CIPURSE applet via its Hungarian subsidiary Magyar Telekom,” says Carsten Ahrens, Group Senior Vice President and Head of the Telecommunication Industries division at G&D. "Our NFC-enabled SIM cards are currently unique, as they are the only ones in the world which also feature a CIPURSE applet."

*G&D has been a member of the OSPT Alliance (Open Standard for Public Transportation) since 2010.