Vodafone signs deal with payment security firm Gemalto

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Operator signs worldwide deal with firm to use its security services for m-commerce platforms

Vodafone has signed a deal with mobile payment security firm Gemalto to deploy its solutions in the operator’s forthcoming NFC services.

The deal will see Vodafone’s worldwide operations use Gemalto’s security system in partnership with payment providers for its mobile payments and wallet services, as and when they are launched in its various markets.

Gemalto already works with O2’s parent company Telefonica and on Orange’s worldwide NFC services.

Vodafone Group mCommerce director Christian Wirtz said: “We are committed to partnering with the best suppliers to offer customers the speed, simplicity and convenience of managing everyday transactions with a single wave or tap of their smartphones.

“The consumer benefits of contactless payments are obvious and the industry in Europe is now at the beginning of rolling out a contactless infrastructure. The potential of mobile to transform existing industries – such as financial services, retail and transport – is enormous.”

Gemalto executive vice president of telecommunications Philippe Vallée added: “Vodafone’s decision to deploy its first global NFC service with Gemalto marks another important milestone in the long-standing and successful relationship between the two companies.”

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