Mobile Connect Accelerator (MCX) is a cloud-based managed service, designed to help operators implement Mobile Connect in an easy and fast manner. The service circumvents the need for operators to spend time and resources finding appropriate compliant platforms by themselves.

Today there are 8 companies that can enable easy integration with the operators’ mobile networks so that users of any mobile network offering Mobile Connect can log in and authenticate any application.

The core components of the MCX service include:

  • Identity Gateway
    • Entry point for the service provider to the Mobile Connect services
    • Abstraction layer between the service provider and Mobile Connect services
    • Exposure of the OpenID Connect Mobile Connect Profile for the service provider to call to get Mobile Connect services
    • Selection of the most appropriate authenticator for the OIDC request from the service provider
    • Provision of security mechanisms, like velocity throttling, SLA management etc.
  • Service provider registration
  • Participation in global discoverability and cross operator federation through integration with the API Exchange
  • User registration and self-service portal

Each MCX vendor delivers a service that is generally compatible with the published MCX service description. Each approved vendor complies with that service description to a sufficient degree that GSMA believes it to be compliant.  Nonetheless, the manner and extent to which each vendor complies may differ.  An MNO who wishes to obtain details about how each MCX vendor complies with the MCX service description can contact the GSMA or the vendor in which it is interested to obtain the detailed compliance statement of such vendor.

How to get started with MCX

To get started, please review the information found in the presentations or get in touch with the key contacts listed.

The PSD2 Opportunity: Mobile Operators and Fintech This paper discusses the opportunities relating to the partnership between mobile network operators and fintech companies, and how both parties can benefit from each others&#...

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SK Telecom: Integrating Existing Identity Solutions into Mobile Connec In December 2016, SKT adapted both T-Auth and T-ID to comply with the Mobile Connect specifications. The goal was to make it easier for international customers to use SKT’s app...

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Seminar Presentations from Mobile World Congress 2017 Mobile World Congress 2017 hosted three industry seminars on Mobile Connect and the future of digital identity.  You can find out more about each of these subjects by downloadin...

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SIM Toolkit Device Requirements to Improve Mobile Connect Customer Exp This document presents the requirements for the device to improve the user experience of the Mobile Connect SIM applet authenticator. The ETSI (The European Telecommunications St...

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Mobile Connect demonstrations As Mobile Connect advances, more examples of its uses continue to emerge. These two videos are the latest demonstrations of Mobile Connect in action. The first illustrates how Mo...

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Mobile Connect: mobile high-security authentication This non-technical paper is designed to address security questions related to authentication, especially with respect to payments, banking and online commerce. It explains how Mo...

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Trust & Privacy will be Increasingly Important to eID Market ‘Cybercrime keeps Climbing’. This was one of the principal findings from PwC’s Global Economic Crime Survey 2016, and a reminder that many businesses are unprepared for -or...

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The Next Phase of Cross-Border Public Services With over 3 billion enabled users worldwide and its federated distributed architecture, Mobile Connect is a leading example of a mobile identity and authentication solution for g...

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Mobile Connect’s collaboration with leading brands during MWC17 poin Mobile World Congress revealed many ways in which mobile technology is evolving to deliver a new range of digital services. Inside the event’s GSMA Innovation City, we were giv...

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Restoring Trust in the Digital Age – the Great Debate at MWC Industr The security of customer data has never been more crucial. In our digital world, the risk of fraud has reached unprecedented heights and consumers are increasingly cautious about...

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The Future of Identity – Mobile, Invisible, seamless The identity landscape is beginning to evolve at breakneck speed. With new financial legislation set to introduce plethora of commercial opportunities yet potentially create a nu...

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MWC 17: Examining the Mobile Industry’s Digital Identity Solution Authorisation and integration with emerging technologies are two of  Mobile Connect’s advances at this year’s GSMA Innovation City showcase Identity is quickly becom...

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Mobile Connect Summit – London April 25, 2017 Sponsored by: We are pleased to be hosting the first Mobile Connect Summit of the year in London on the 25 & 26 April. As it becomes more apparent that digital identity so...

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The Meaning of Being eIDAS Compliant: Update on the eIDAS-Mobile Conne May 04, 2017 This year, the GSMA will execute phase 2 of the pilot to demonstrate the scalability of Mobile Connect as a Europe-wide solution for eIDAS. The pilot will enable cross-border aut...

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