TELUS Selects Gemalto SIM to Enable Secure NFC Mobile Payments

Thu Mar 7, 2013 1:00am EST

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AMSTERDAM--(Business Wire)--
Regulatory News: 

Gemalto, (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security,
today announced that Canadian telecommunications carrier TELUS will use
Gemalto`s UpTeq NFC SIM cards to enable consumers to securely store a variety of
credentials on their SIM for use with their mobile phones. This fully compliant
Europay MasterCard Visa (EMV) technology will enable customers to make secure
payments, participate in loyalty programs, validate their transit pass, and
redeem coupons using the secure credentials stored on their SIM cards accessed
by with TELUS smartphones equipped with tap-and-go Near-Field Communications
(NFC) and LTE capabilities. 

NFC technology makes life easier and more convenient for consumers around the
world by making it simpler to make transactions, exchange digital content, and
connect electronic devices with a touch of their phone. 

The UpTeq NFC SIM secures credit and other payment card credentials, offering
the same security protection as chip payment. The embedded software on the
UpTeqNFC SIM has achieved compliance assessment and security testing
certification in accordance with AmEx, MasterCard and Visa`s highest
requirements. Besides the NFC-compatibility, the SIM also has built-in LTE
capacities which are fully compatible with existing networks. 

"Gemalto`s UpTeq NFC SIM technologies comply with the most stringent global
security requirements and they have a vast track-record in the successful
roll-out of NFC projects across the world," said Drazen Lalovic, vice-president
of Market Planning at TELUS. "TELUS will be bringing mobile payment technology
to customers very soon and we have teamed up with Gemalto to offer a secure and
seamless experience to enable the storage of payment and non-payment credentials
on TELUS SIM cards." 

"Having migrated to EMV chip years ago, the Canadian market is naturally well
positioned to offer NFC enabled credential solutions within its well-developed
contactless ecosystem which boasts one of the greatest contractless-ready retail
point of sale penetration rates globally," said Sébastien Cano, senior
vice-president of Telecommunications at Gemalto North America. "TELUS` 7.7
million wireless customers will be among the first to enjoy the convenience of
NFC services such as collecting loyalty points, redeeming coupons and accessing
promotional offers with a simple wave of their NFC-enabled phone." 

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. 

For more information visit,,, or follow @gemalto on Twitter. 


TELUS (TSX: T, NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in
Canada, with $10.9 billion of annual revenue and more than 13.1 million customer
connections, including 7.7 million wireless subscribers, 3.4 million wireline
network access lines, 1.4 million Internet subscribers and 678,000 TELUS TV
customers. Led since 2000 by President and CEO, Darren Entwistle, TELUS provides
a wide range of communications products and services, including wireless, data,
Internet protocol (IP), voice, television, entertainment and video. 

In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and
retirees have contributed more than $300 million to charitable and
not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 4.8 million hours of service to
local communities since 2000. Fourteen TELUS Community Boards lead TELUS` local
philanthropic initiatives. TELUS was honoured to be named the most outstanding
philanthropic corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of Fundraising
Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to receive this prestigious
international recognition. 

For more information about TELUS, please visit

Peggy Edoire, +33 4 42 36 45 40
Europe, Middle East & Africa
Yvonne Lim, +65 6317 3730
Asia Pacific
Nicole Smith, +1-512-758-8921
North America
Ernesto Haikewitsch, +55 11 51 05 92 20
Latin America
TELUS Media Relations
Elisabeth Napolano, 416-906-9830

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