GSMA and operators to use mobile to protect digital security


Major initiative to improve and simplify digital security.

The GSMA and a host of global operators have announced an initiative that will allow customers to access a host of digital services using their mobile phone number as authentication.

Partners in the Mobile Connect scheme, revealed today at Mobile World Congress,believe it will offer a “single, trusted, mobile phone number-based authentication solution” that will enhance and simplify online privacy.

Launch partners in the scheme include Orange, Telefonica, China Mobile, Telenor and many more global operators. Orange expects to be one of the first providers to integrate the service and plans a roll out by 2015, no details are available on a specific UK launch date. Pilots are already underway in France.

If successful the scheme could negate the need for multiple user names and passwords and instead use a mobile phone number and the secure information on a SIM card as a means of validation. Online privacy is a huge issue and if the operators are able to overcome the complexity of getting a working model for the initiative, it could have a major effect on digital lives.

“As we move to an increasingly connected world, more consumers than ever are accessing information and using a range of online services across both mobile and fixed line networks,” Anne Bouvero director general, GSMA said in a statement.

“This digital life brings great benefits to consumers, but also introduces new concerns over the security of online identities.

“Mobile operators are ideally placed to provide the necessary authentication capabilities to enable consumers, businesses and governments alike to interact and access services in a private, trusted and secure environment.”