Colombes, France, November 08, 2013
Oberthur Technologies, one of the world’s largest providers of security and identification solutions and services based on smart card technologies, today delivers its first volumes of MultiSIM, the first classic (2FF), micro (3FF) and nano (4FF) all-in-one SIM card.
MultiSIM combines all the form factors on one single, easy to use card. It is a key progress on the telecom market as it dramatically improves the user-friendliness of the SIM card. Concretely, it means that the same SIM card can be used in any mobile phone. If end-users want to change from one form factor to another, they do not need to ask their operator for a new SIM card but can just deplug or replug their MultiSIM. Thus, end-users can easily use the SIM card body as an adaptor for any existing handset.
Prior to MultiSIM, mobile operators had to maintain several stocks, one for each form factor. Oberthur Technologies’ MultiSIM enables operators to make important savings as it helps them to rationalize their logistics as well as improve flexibility and efficiency at warehouses and point-of-sales.
Fully compliant with the ETSI¹ standards, Oberthur Technologies’ MultiSIM has two different thicknesses on the same card: it is “thin” for the nano-SIM (4FF) form factor and “thick” for the rest of the card.
“The MultiSIM introducing has been possible thanks to our world-class R&D and manufacturing capabilities” said Christian Lefebvre, Managing Director Telecom Product Line at Oberthur Technologies. “Our key challenge was to support the different card body thicknesses of the plugs required by the standards. We met this challenge using an innovative patent-pending process. We are delighted to offer end-users a convenient means to use their SIM card and to help operators to optimize their stock management”.
ETSI¹: European Telecommunications Standard Institute
About Oberthur Technologies
Oberthur Technologies is a world leader in the field of secure technologies: systems development, solutions and services for smart cards (payment cards, SIM cards, access cards, NFC…) and for secure identity documents, traditional and electronic (identity card, passport, health care card). Created in 1984, Oberthur Technologies employs over 6 000 employees. With 50 sales offices across 5 continents, Oberthur Technologies’ international network serves clients in 140 countries.
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