Mobile operators team up to enable universal digital identification system

Wednesday 26 February 2014 08:14 CET | News

GSMA, an association of mobile operators and related companies, has revealed that a number of mobile operators have teamed up to develop a new service that will allow consumers to access an array of digital services using their mobile phone account for authentication.

According to, the mobile operators include Axiata Group Berhad, China Mobile, China Telecom, Etisalat, KDDI, Ooredoo, Orange, Tata Teleservices, Telefonica, Telenor, Telstra and VimpelCom. The goal of this move is to create a universal identification system that would eliminate the need for users to remember the passwords they need to access every online service they use.

The Mobile Connect service will offer a single mobile phone number-based authentication solution that respects users` online privacy. Customers will no longer need to create and manage multiple user names and passwords as the authentication and identification solution being developed will use the subscriber’s mobile phone number or mobile user name and information contained in the SIM card. The standard-based Mobile Connect service will utilise the OpenID Connect protocol, offering interoperability across mobile operators and service providers.

Other players from across the ecosystem are among the early supporters of this initiative, including Dailymotion, Deezer, Gemalto, Giesecke & Devrient, Morpho, Oberthur and VALID.

Spanning more than 220 countries, the GSMA unites nearly 800 of the world’s mobile operators with 250 companies in the mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and internet companies, as well as organisations in industry sectors such as financial services, healthcare, media, transport and utilities.

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Keywords: e-identity, GSMA, online privacy, security, mobile operators
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