China Mobile partners with Gemalto for Mass Transit Services

Gemalto, known for its digital security solution, has been selected by China Mobile to offer its UpTeq NFC Multi-tenant SIMs. This will help protect consumer credentials used for mobile contactless applications. The new initiative by China Mobile would mass transit services first in Beijing.

Gemalto would pre-load the SIMs with the Beijing transport application and would enable over 22 million daily commuters to simply tap their smartphones on contactless ticket readers. China Mobile is the largest operator in the world with a total subscriber base of around 800 mn.

The UpTeq NFC Multi-tenant SIMs, to be installed in all types of handsets, will host and enable a rich addition of secure services such as mobile payment, loyalty and couponing programs, and access control for private enterprises. The LTE-ready capabilities would allow subscribers to download NFC applications with the convenience and speed of the latest 4G networks.

There has been demand for convenient and fast solutions by Beijing commuters to navigate the crowded transport system, since Beijing being one of the most populated cities in the world. China's payment systems are moving rapidly towards contactless form, with over 3.6 million terminals accepting UnionPay's contactless QuickPass. Statistics show that there are three times more mobile phones than payment cards. There is a huge potential for millions of commuters to avail the speed and convenience of contactless transactions.

In June 2014, Gemalto was selected by China Telecom for its UpTeq Multi Tenant NFC SIM to support their commercial rollout of mobile contactless services. China Telecom is a leading operator in China with over 183 Mn subscribers. Gemalto’s Allynis Trusted Service Management (TSM) service and its UpTeq NFC UICC embedding for both SIM and contactless applications helps operators in developing contactless services such as mobile payments, loyalty programs, e-ticketing and access control. Gemalto’s offerings have also been availed by other major operators like NTT Docomo in Japan.

'Over 53% of China's population live in urban areas. Contactless projects are well underway in mega-cities like Beijing, Shanghai, ChengDu, Nanjing, GuangZhou and Tianjin,' said Suzanne Tong-Li, President for Greater China and Korea at Gemalto. 'We have provided a customized solution to China Mobile, leveraging our strong understanding of the Chinese market and regional networks, which will allow them to adapt and expand their services to other cities. In the future, commuters will be able to travel from city to city with just one download wherever they go instead of having to buy a new transportation card each time. '