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Telefónica teams up Giesecke & Devrient

| November 14, 2011


Madrid/Munich, 14th November 2011 – Telefónica and Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) developed and successfully proved a secure, pre-standard solution for remotely managing M2M SIMs subscription data based on the principles of the embedded SIM. A live test has proven the secure transfer of a subscription from Telefónica Spain to a Telefónica UK one over the air. With this type of remote subscription management, device makers can manufacture devices with M2M SIMs on a cost optimised production setup, while mobile network operators (MNOs) can customize their M2M connectivity offerings for this specific target market.

This solution will enable Telefónica and its partners to provide global services to their customers based on a unique SIM quite adapted to the local requirements. Secure profiles from MNOs can be loaded later in the supply chain, including post-sale, and their profiles can be revised during the lifetime of the device. It will, among others, allow a simple swapping of MNOs to support a change of subscription, a network upgrade or swap out, a change of device ownership or long term relocations.

With this trial, and in cooperation with Samsung and Telit Wireless Solutions, both G&D and Telefónica demonstrate that the solution for remote subscription management works. This successful test will also provide important input for the ongoing standarization in order to improve the subscription management concept.

Main cornerstones of this trial are the subscription management enabled M2M SIMs, a subscription management platform -hosted in a secure G&D environment- and an MNO specific portal developed by Telefonica.
Involving two MNOs, the demo allows to test different key aspects of this M2M solution such as loading of a subscription, transfer of subscription to other device, remote loading on a second mobile operator subscription, remote deletion and the subscription management platform user interface (GUI), from G&D, as a trigger for all events.

“The subscription management of the SIM will enable Telefónica to provide the best solution based on a global SIM and consequently the usage of M2M devices in new, innovative applications across the world,” says Carlos Morales, Global M2M, Cloud and Apps Director at Telefónica Digital.

“There are many advantages to the highly secure remote management of credentials on embedded SIMs for the M2M environment. We are helping to drive the migration of today´s SIM card personalization to an OTA-based process where security is as paramount as in today’s personalization scenarios ” says Dr. Klaus Vedder, Group Senior Vice President Mobile Strategy at G&D.

G&D’s and Telefónica’s activities are based on the good partnership and long term experience in the M2M market and the secure OTA management of SIM relevant services. This trial highlights the commercial and technical opportunities of subscription management for mobile operators and drives the standardization of just-in-time provisioning of SIM credentials.

About Telefónica
Telefónica is one of the world’s largest telecommunications network operators by market capitalisation and number of customers. It centres its activities mainly on the fixed and mobile telephony businesses, while its broadband business is the key growth driver underpinning both.
It operates in 25 countries and its customer base exceeds 295 million globally. Telefónica has a strong foothold in Spain, Europe and Latin America, the latter region being the lynchpin of its growth strategy.
Telefónica is a 100% private company with more than 1.5 million direct shareholders. Its share capital consists of 4,563,996,485 ordinary shares traded on the Spanish stock exchanges (Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao and Valencia), as well as on the London, Tokyo, New York, Lima, Buenos Aires and São Paulo stock exchanges.

Press contact: Tel: +34 91 482 38 00, email:,

About Telefónica Digital
Telefónica Digital is a global business division of Telefónica. Its mission is to seize the opportunities within the digital world and deliver new growth for Telefónica through research & development, venture capital, global partnerships and digital services such as cloud computing, mobile advertising,  M2M and eHealth. Telefónica Digital will deliver these innovative products and services to Telefónica’s 295 million customers as well as leveraging the power of the internet to enter new markets. Telefónica Digital has 100% ownership of Jajah, Terra, Tuenti and giffgaff. It is headquartered in London with regional centres in Silicon Valley, Sao Paolo, Spain and Tel Aviv.

About Giesecke & Devrient (G&D)
Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) is a leading international technology provider headquartered in Munich, Germany. Founded in 1852, the Group now has a workforce of over 10,000 employees and generated sales of EUR 1.7 billion in fiscal 2010. 61 subsidiaries and joint ventures in 32 countries ensure customer proximity worldwide.
In all its markets, G&D is a global leader and pioneering innovator in the production and processing of banknotes and banknote paper, security documents, identification systems and smartcard-based solutions. As an end-to-end provider of mobile security applications, G&D develops and sells hardware, software, and services for banks, mobile network operators, public transportation companies, business enterprises, and OEM. For more information, please visit:

Press contact: Stefan Waldenmaier, Tel.: +49 89 4119 2985,,

About Telit Wireless Solutions
Telit Wireless Solutions, a subsidiary of Telit Communications PLC (AIM: TCM), is an internationally leading specialist in wireless machine-to-machine (m2m) technology. Telit is the only company worldwide to offer communications modules for all of the various wireless technologies: it develops, produces and markets modules for GSM/GPRS, EDGE, UMTS/WEDGE/HSPA, CDMA and Short-Range RF applications. m2m applications rationalise business processes by enabling machines, equipment and vehicles to communicate with each other via mobile networks.
Telit products are used all over the world and marketed via Telit’s offices in Brazil, China, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Korea, Poland, Spain, the Republic of South Africa, Russia, Taiwan, Turkey, the UK and the USA. Telit’s global distributor network comprises specialists in wireless technologies and enhances the customer experience in over 56 countries worldwide. Further information about Telit and its products can be found at


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