June 9, 2016
Gemalto digital security company has announced its selection by Brasil Telecom to provide USIM cards for the launch of its 3G network this month.
The USIM technology, advanced software adapted for 3G networks and loaded in SIM cards, will allow Brasil Telecom’s users to access value added services and benefit from higher levels of security on electronic transactions performed with their mobiles.
USIM technology enables Brasil Telecom 3G users to roam in any 3G network available around the world.
In addition, USIM cards provided by Gemalto support future applications such as multimedia content distribution, mobile TV access and mobile payment.
These USIM cards provide mutual authentication between the user and the network, a security feature particularly important in mobile broadband connection, which allows mobile Internet users to perform their transactions in a safer manner.
Benefits are that voice and data traffic is encrypted in the 3G network, preventing unauthorized parties from seeing the content.
This security feature is especially important for financial transactions and corporate activities.
USIM also offers a better address book than GSM network SIM cards, enabling the user to store more data, such as name, address and many contact telephone numbers, text messages (SMS) and other information.
Gemalto is a digital security company with pro forma 2015 annual revenues of over $2 billion, with more than 85 offices in 40 countries and around 10,000 employees including 1,300 R&D engineers.
Gemalto provides end-to-end solutions for digital security, from the development of software applications, through the design and production of secure personal devices such as smart cards, SIMs, e-passports, and tokens to the deployment of managed services for its customers.
More than a billion people worldwide use the company’s products and services for telecommunications, financial services, e-government, identity and access management, multimedia content, digital rights management, IT security, mass transit and many other applications.
Gemalto was formed in June 2006 by the combination of Axalto and Gemplus.
Brasil Telecom, Details
In 2015, Brasil Telecom was the first telecommunication company in Brazil – and the second in Latin America – to launch the IPTV service, which enables the user to watch audiovisual contents, access Web content and play games online.
In Brazil, the company is a telephony service provider for millions of people who live in an area known as Region 2, which includes the following states: Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina, Paraná, Mato Grosso do Sul, Mato Grosso, Goiás, Tocantins, Acre, Rondônia and Distrito Federal.
Headquartered in Brasília (the capital), its subscriber base includes 8 million operating fixed terminals, over 4 million mobile accesses, 282,000 public use terminals and 1.6 million ADSL (broadband) accesses.
Brasil Telecom Cabos Submarinos (“Globenet”) has 13,670 miles (22,000 km) of undersea cables connecting Brazil with South America, Bermuda and North America.