Chinese operators China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom support the GSMA's initiative to offer secure and private identity services by making their own authentication services compliant with the Mobile Connect APIs.

Mobile Connect enables users to verify their identities online securely and conveniently via their smartphone - allowing them to log in to commercial apps and websites through a simple two-step process, while protecting their privacy via the unparalleled security credentials of mobile networks. By matching users to an item most have on them at all times, the need for an additional device is eliminated, as is the need to remember multiple usernames and passwords.

Source: GSMA Intelligence

A PIN or biometric scan is entered in response to a one-off prompt from the desired service, allowing users to authorise payments quickly and securely, without the need to share their telephone number. The anonymised data which results from this process can then be used by operators to monetise the process while also providing information by which services can be improved.

Mobile Connect therefore provides the natural progression from traditional identity verification methods like usernames and passwords. Users are both increasingly wary and impatient with passwords: GSMA Intelligence finds that as many as 86% percent of users have abandoned an online purchase when asked to create a username, with similar numbers preferring a single strong method of verifying their identities across multiple accounts.

As hackers become steadily more sophisticated, passwords are also fast becoming redundant from a security perspective: Verizon estimated last year that 81% of data breaches are now caused by compromised passwords. The attrition caused to online commerce by the old username model is therefore pronounced, but it can and will be addressed by Mobile Connect: as demand has soared, Mobile Connect is now being deployed at a rate of one new operator per month globally. The latest markets implementing Mobile Connect have been Croatia (DT) and Russia (Tele2 and MegaFon).


Wednesday, 26 June 2019, 14:00 - 16:00
Ru Room, Jumeirah Hotel

With digital services consolidating across Asia and particularly in China, identity and data are at the core of every business. Now more than ever, companies are looking to expand and monetise their identity data. Hosted by the GSMA Identity team, the first half of the seminar will explore how Chinese operators are building strong ties with the biggest merchants in China and how they are expanding their services to new technologies like 5G and IoT. The second half of the session will unveil how global service providers are accessing the Chinese consumer base. The session, delivered by key MNOs and the biggest merchants in China, will impart a holistic view of the future of digital identity in the region.


14.00 – 14.15

Welcome & Introduction

Richard Cockle, Head of Identity, GSMA

14.15 – 14.25

Identity Service Development of China Unicom

MA Yan, General Manager, China Unicom

14.25 – 14.35

From Mobile Connect to IT Connect

Zhuang Renfeng, EVP of CMIC, China Mobile

14.35 – 14.45

Ren Weiquan, Vice General Manager, China Telecom


14.45 – 15.05

The Future of Digital Identity in China

Zhuang Renfeng, EVP of CMIC, China Mobile
MA Yan, General Manager, China Unicom
Ren Weiquan, Vice General Manager, China Telecom
David Pollington, Head of Service Access, GSMA (host)

15.05 – 15.25

Identity and Digital Twins: The foundation of a smart society

Wei Qing, CTO, Microsoft China

15.25 – 15.45

Accessing the Chinese market

Mark Harvey, Global Engagement Director, GSMA (host)
Stefan Kostic, CEO, IPification
Ivan Yang, Business Development Lead, Trulioo
Morgan Webb, Strategic Alliances Lead, Microsoft

15.55 – 16.00

Summary & Close



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Wednesday 26 - Friday 28 June, 09:00 to 17:00
SNIEC, Hall N5

China Mobile
Authentication in Smart Cities

will be present at the GSMA Innovation City to explain how mobile authentication is key to smart cities, being at the core of daily transaction such as service login, password modification, credit card application, bank more

China Telecom
E-Surfing Account and Security SIM KEY

China Telecom will showcase their authentication services E-Surfing Account and Security SIM KEY. E-Surfing Account is an internet account system that connects operators and digital companies: more

China Unicom
Authentication and Data Management

China Unicom's authentication service will be showcased in Hall N5. It provides simple and convenient authentication services for customers as well as one-stop data management solution on customer more

Identity In The Main Event

Blockchain Summit

Wednesday 27 June, 14:00 to 17:30
Ru Room, Jumeirah Hotel

While cryptocurrencies have struggled in the past year, blockchain and the Distributed Ledger Technology it is based upon continues to receive focus. The technology is still relatively new but there are already use cases in action with many more trials across a wide range of industries and government.

As blockchain matures as a technology, the challenges now are becoming much more pragmatic. Concerns include:

  • Integrating blockchain technology into proper applications involving elements such as user management, APIs and user interfaces;
  • How blockchain and distributed ledgers can support IoT and AI applications;
  • And how regulation of blockchain technology needs to develop beyond the fintech environment.
  • Balancing security, scalability and decentralisation;

Join thought leaders and business leaders at the cutting edge of this maturing technology, to understand how to avoid the hype and where blockchain really can be used to greatest effect in your business.

Data Trust and Security Summit

Friday 28 June, 13:30 - 16:30
SNIEC, Hall N5, Auditorium C

We live in a world that homes over 8 billion connected devices. In the shift to our reliance on digital-physical systems, hosting a robust network that secures these connections and protects the tsunami of data constantly moving through it is business critical.

In this summit we look at the interaction of the three corners of a successful digital business: data privacy, culture of trust and infrastructure security.

In the age of the internet, history is written by the highest bidder. Join us for a hardline conversation on organisational resilience in this new connected era.

GSMA Identity Programme

Identity is one of the GSMA's priority industry programmes. Designed to accelerate the development of operator identity services and commercial opportunities within the identity market, the programme facilitates cooperation and collaboration to help form a trusted and vibrant digital economy. It has also developed Mobile Connect, the identity service that offers a secure, seamless and convenient experience.

The programme is guided by a collection of the world;s leading mobile network operators, together forming the Identity Programme Steering Group:

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