Netherlands based digital security company Gemalto has been selected by MTN Nigeria to provide SIM based services for mobile authentication of mobile users.
Gemalto’s Ling Us Mobile ID platform will be delivered to MTN Nigeria, the technology company said.
According to Gemalto, the new project run for MTN by Gelmato Allynis Services in Software as a Service (SaaS) form, signals the first commercial rollout of SIM based services delivering convenient mobile authentication for all mobile users.
[quote font=”georgia” font_size=”22″ font_style=”italic” align=”left” arrow=”yes”]”With the launch of MTN Token, we are the first private provider of secure online identity and positioned as a warrant of digital ID and authentication in Nigeria,” A’isha Umar Mumuni, General Manager, Products & Innovation at MTN Nigeria said. [/quote]MTN Nigeria’s newly introduced ‘MTN Token’ which is in compliance with the latest GSMA standards, Mobile Connect is available immediately to MTN Nigeria’s 70 million subscribers and it has positioned the operator as the country’s foremost provider of secure digital identification and authentication, Gemalto said.
“With the launch of MTN Token, we are the first private provider of secure online identity and positioned as a warrant of digital ID and authentication in Nigeria,” A’isha Umar Mumuni, General Manager, Products & Innovation at MTN Nigeria said.
“As our network of service providers adopting MTN Token grows, the solution will deliver significant reductions in fraud whilst easing the frustration often experienced by consumers on their digital journeys”, according to the MTN Nigeria executive.
Eric Claudel, President for Middle East & Africa at Gemalto said that “the long-established partnership between MTN Nigeria and Gemalto is the perfect foundation for this ground-breaking project. Bridging the gap between security and convenience, Mobile Connect represents the future of user authentication. It also fully supports operators in monetizing new value added services”
MTN Token offers their users a universal digital ID combined with a mobile-based second factor authentication, for easy and secure web service access, payments and financial transactions validation. When using MTN Token for eCommerce, banking, insurance, ePublic and corporate networks services, the user’s mobile phone number is employed as the username. Depending on the level of protection required by the service provider, the process is completed by simply pressing OK on the handset, or entering a unique user-selected PIN code.
According to MTN Nigeria and Gemalto, any service provider in Nigeria can now easily adopt MTN Token services to dramatically strengthen protection of online services against identity theft and cyber crime. It also enables the operator to offer a convenient digital journey to its customers, removing complex registration and log-in processes, while sparing them the hassle of remembering new username/password combinations.