The Identity Programme

Enabling trust and creating value through digital identity

Across many industries such as entertainment, banking, health and e-government, services and processes are becoming both more digital and more mobile. This has resulted in unprecedented efficiency and convenience for individuals and businesses alike. However, consumers are increasingly demanding to access these services securely by being shielded by robust privacy safeguards and strong data protection.

Built on the successes and strategic insights delivered by the GSMA Mobile Identity programme in 2013, the GSMA Identity programme is one of the GSMA’s top four priority programmes. It has developed Mobile Connect, a digital identity solution that offers a safe, seamless and convenient consumer experience, a consistent user interface and low barriers to entry across the digital identity ecosystem – thereby enabling global scale.

Mobile Connect is a secure login system that enables individuals to access their online accounts with just a single click or, where appropriate, automatically. Mobile Connect can provide different levels of security, ranging from low-level website access to highly-secure bank-grade authentication. Mobile Connect promises to make passwords a thing of the past. To use the service, individuals subscribing to a participating operator simply need to click on a website’s Mobile Connect button.

A new standard in digital authentication, Mobile Connect will help mobile operators to manage consumers’ digital identities across multiple online services, ranging from access to content and services on the web through to more secure e-government and banking services.

Programme objectives

Leveraging existing operator strengths to enable the digital ecosystem

Mobile Connect capitalises on existing assets (e.g. SIM, authentication, trust, registration process) to enable new products and services across a range of industry verticals (e.g. healthcare, retail, etc.), generate new revenue, and increase customer satisfaction, stickiness and lifetime value whilst enabling scale.

Enabling “This digital life”:

Mobile Connect is 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

Comfort and satisfaction for end users:

Mobile Connect will provide a streamlined experience for consumers; they 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 secure SIM card.

Ending the trade-off between convenience and security:

Mobile identity is inherently more secure than existing ID solutions without compromising convenience for the consumer, with the operator able to add authentication layers appropriate to context and service provider requirements

Simplicity, security and privacy for end-users:

For consumers, digital identity solutions such as Mobile Connect offer privacy protection, reduce the risk of identity theft and simplify the login experience for a range of services, such as retail, healthcare, government and banking, among others

Scale and interoperability:

Mobile Connect will utilise the OpenID Connect protocol, offering broad interoperability across mobile operators and digital service providers, further ensuring a seamless experience for consumers.

The GSMA is working with all leading mobile operators globally and also working in-county with a broader set of ecosystem players, such as governments, banks and retailers, to help roll-out mobile enabled digital identity solutions.

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The GSMA is working with leading mobile operators globally and in specific countries with a broader set of ecosystem players, such as governments, banks and retailers, to help roll out mobileenabled digital identity solutions.

 

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MWCA Mobile Connect Seminar Presentations The Mobile Connect Seminar at the 2017 Mobile World Congress Americas was designed for operators and digital service providers looking to offer secure identity services to their...

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Operator cooperation in South Korea has created a successful identity To ensure broad service provider adoption, SKT and the other Korean operators realised that they needed to offer a single identity solution with full market coverage, and subsequ...

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Driving Mobile Connect Usage – Turkcell Looking to improve its customers’ experience and further differentiate its proposition, Turkcell launched Mobile Connect initially on its self-care mobile application and websi...

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Mobile Connect London Summit: Presentations Taking place on the 25th and 26th April, the Mobile Connect London Summit was a forum for leading figures in the wider mobile industry to debate the most pressing issues in the...

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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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Operators Taking the Lead in Digital Identity Consumers are increasingly tired of usernames and passwords. As the variety of online purchases made by the average person has increased, so has the number of different login det...

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US Operators Join Forces on Authentication Mobile network operators are taking the lead in identity authentication.  It was announced last week that the four largest operators in the United States – AT&T, Sprint, T...

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3 Reasons to Attend MWCA’s Identity Seminar Whilst digital technology has stimulated the growth of new and innovative services across practically every sector in the, service providers have yet to fully capitalise on this ...

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Could UK’s Planned GDPR Implementation Signal Global Trend? Earlier this week, the UK Government announced its plans to introduce new legislation that will give citizens greater control of their personal data. The legislation will expand ...

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MWCA: Digital Identity in the Innovation City See below for a list of digital identity demonstrations in the GSMA Innovation City As the Americas experiences explosive growth in its digital economy, businesses across the...

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Mobile Connect Summit – Singapore November 21, 2017 Following April’s successful Mobile Connect Summit in London, we are pleased to confirm that we will soon be hosting another regional Summit – this time in Singapore...

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