Gemplus, the leading smart card solutions provider, announced – in concert
Nextel Communications, Inc.’s announcement of the i85 phone by Motorola- that
it has been chosen by Nextel as the provider of SIM cards for the Motorola
wireless phone. These SIM cards are the first in the world to be manufactured
to a specification other than the Global System for Mobile Communications
(GSM). That means North American users of non-GSM phones can enjoy the same
advanced features and high security that wireless customers in Europe and Asia
have come to expect.
Gemplus is manufacturing the SIM cards for Nextel to iDEN(R) standard
specifications. This Motorola technology supports voice, data, short messages
and other features in one phone. It operates in the 800 MHz and 1.5 GHz bands
and is based on TDMA (Time Division Multiple Access).
A key benefit of the Gemplus SIM card for Nextel and its customers is enhanced
security, with a strongly encrypted “handshake” between the user and the
network that provides a highly dependable means of user identification. SIM
cards create the freedom for users to roam internationally without losing
personal set-ups and to change wireless terminals as they wish, without
customer care. SIM cards also open the door to application security for mobile
commerce and wireless Intranet.
The integration with Motorola was the first of its kind successful
of a SIM card in a mass-market non-GSM phone.
“This is a groundbreaking development for North American wireless networks,”
said Jean-Louis Carrara, Director of Telecommunications for Gemplus in North
America. “The use of SIM cards in the Nextel network is a tremendous
endorsement of smart card technologies, demonstrating the intrinsic value of
SIM cards in all networks, for all wireless technologies.”
Gemplus has been manufacturing the cards for wireless phones since 1992 and
issued 41% of SIM Card units sold in 1999 (source Eurosmart/Gemplus 2000), the
largest of any single manufacturer. Gemplus has been providing more than 250
wireless operators with SIM cards, software, and services since 1988. The
company’s other innovations in the mobile phone market include products and
technologies such as the development environment GemXplore(R) CASE, the remote
SIM management platform GemXplore Suite, and Java Card(TM) SIMs.
“As the world’s largest producer of SIM cards for cellular phones, Gemplus has
both the technical and manufacturing expertise necessary to ensure that high
quality SIMs will be readily available to meet the demand expected for the i85
phone,” said Greg Santoro, Vice President Internet and Wireless Services at
Nextel. “The security and dependability their smart cards provide is
in the industry.”
GEMPLUS the world’s leading smart card solutions provider
Since its creation in 1988, Gemplus International S.A.(Euronext Sicovam 5768
and NASDAQGEMP) has driven the global marketing and deployment of smart
card-based applications for telecommunications, financial services and
Gemplus is instrumental throughout the value chain – chip design, card
management systems, software development, and consulting – delivering
integrated custom-made solutions for the security, personalization and privacy
management needs of clients and partners worldwide.
Gemplus technology has played a defining role in the development of wireless
telephony since the introduction of SIM cards into the GSM standard in 1990.
For more than a decade, Gemplus has pioneered applications that enable network
operators around the world to answer the changing needs of their customers.
Gemplus was first to market with a 3G card and supplies a product range
compliant with new and emerging transmission standards – 2.5G, 3G.
In 2000, revenue was 1.205 billion Euros, up 57% from the previous year’s 767
million Euros. Net income was 99 million Euros. Gemplus employs more than 7800
people in 37 countries worldwide. Since December 11, 2000, Gemplus shares have
been trading on Euronext Paris S.A. First Market and on Nasdaq Stock
at GEMP in the form of ADSs.