ETSI and GlobalPlatform strengthen relationship

ETSI Headquarters, Sophia Antipolis, France – 8 September 2009

The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) and GlobalPlatform have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to advance their joint initiatives in an official framework.  The agreement will allow the organizations to share industry and technical knowledge, and synchronize specification development that will advance mobile services across a range of industries.

GlobalPlatform, the international specification body for smart card infrastructure, and ETSI's Smart Card Platform (SCP) committee, the standardization body which provided the core specifications for more than 3 billion smart cards in the past year alone, have maintained a general liaison relationship for a number of years, to harmonize their respective activities in the fields of over-the-air (OTA) application download and management of applications.  As a result of this previous collaboration, over two billion SIM cards worldwide are estimated to use the technology defined by the organizations to enable OTA application downloads for 3G and GSM mobile networks. 

By signing the MoU the two parties have formally strengthened their collaboration efforts, and plan to replicate the achievements of their joint initiatives into other areas of their respective offerings.  Initial activity will focus on developing technology that will facilitate the delivery through the SIM of contactless services which ‘connect' multiple sectors such as mobile, healthcare, banking and transit, with a simple model that will enable end users to manage their active contactless services in a mobile handset.

Sebastien Tormos, GlobalPlatform Chairman and Director of Marketing at Datacard Group, comments: "The on-going relationship between our associations will ensure the delivery of a consistent and interoperable SIM infrastructure.  GlobalPlatform looks forward to extending the usage of its technology inside ETSI's framework, which will increase adoption of GlobalPlatform's neutral specifications, and sharing our diverse market knowledge with ETSI to advance the joint work initiatives."    

Dr Klaus Vedder, Chairman of ETSI's Smart Card Platform committee and Group Senior Vice President and Head of the Telecommunications Division at Giesecke & Devrient (G&D), remarks: "Both organizations will mutually benefit from GlobalPlatform's cross-industry expertise and ETSI's leading role in the telecommunications industry.  The combined knowledge and experience will provide the means to establish a worldwide harmonized infrastructure required for the sustainable advancement of SIM-based contactless services across industry sectors, bringing many benefits to the end-user."

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Notes for Editors

About ETSI
ETSI produces globally-applicable standards for Information and Communications Technologies (ICT), including fixed, mobile, radio, converged, broadcast and internet technologies and is officially recognized by the European Union as a European Standards Organization. ETSI is an independent, not-for-profit association whose 766 member companies and organizations, drawn from 63 countries across 5 continents worldwide, participate directly in its work.
For more information please visit: www.etsi.org 

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ETSI's Smart Card Platform (SCP) technical committee is responsible for creating a series of specifications for a Smart Card platform on which other bodies can base their system-specific applications to achieve compatibility between all applications resident on the Smart Card.

For ETSI media information, please contact Paul Reid: [email protected] or on +33 4 92 94 42 19.

About GlobalPlatform
To download GlobalPlatform's recent white paper entitled ‘The GlobalPlatform Proposition for NFC Mobile: Secure Element Management & Messaging', please visit www.globalplatform.org.

2009 is the 10th anniversary of GlobalPlatform - to learn more about its achievements click here
GlobalPlatform is the world leader in smart card infrastructure development. Its proven technical specifications for cards, devices and systems are regarded as the industry standard for achieving interoperable, sustainable and flexible smart card deployments that support multi-application, multi-actor and multi-business model implementations.

GlobalPlatform is a member driven association with cross-industry representation from all world continents. As of October 2008, an estimated 305.7 million GlobalPlatform-based smart cards had been deployed globally and an additional two billion mid range USIM/SIM cards worldwide are estimated to use GlobalPlatform card technology to enable over-the-air (OTA) application downloads for 3G and GSM mobile networks. www.globalplatform.org

For further GlobalPlatform media information, please contact Sarah Jones or Georgina D'Arcy at iseepr: [email protected] / [email protected] or on + 44 1943 468007.