UpTeq multi-tenant LTE SIM card powers Voice over LTE services
Amsterdam, December 17, 2014 – Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, announces it will provide KDDI with its UpTeq multi-tenant LTE SIM to secure their Voice over LTE (VoLTE) services. KDDI is a leading operator in Japan with 40 million subscribers. The VoLTE service will enable subscribers to enjoy improved voice quality, simultaneous voice and data usability, and seamless connectivity using the newer IP-based 4G LTE network. With data speeds for LTE being four times faster than 3G networks1, calls will be connected much faster than in a traditional 3G network.
This move to LTE will allow KDDI to offer both voice and data services on one single network. In future, KDDI will also be able to launch a whole new set of secure and interactive services for its subscribers. This extends Gemalto’s relationship with KDDI where Gemalto’s high end SIMs, platforms and services have successfully supported the operator’s NFC rollout.
“With KDDI’s LTE network covering 99% of the Japanese population2, we have the necessary infrastructure in place to make the VoLTE deployment a success,” said Masahiro Kobayashi, Executive Director and General Manager, Product Planning Division at KDDI. “This project is a renewal of our partnership with Gemalto, whom have delivered time and time again on quality execution, reliability and innovation.”
“With VoLTE having the potential to be a $16 billion dollar business by 20173, KDDI is entering the market at the right time, just as it starts to heat up,” said Michael Au, President South Asia and Japan at Gemalto. “In addition, Japanese consumers’ mobile savviness means they have the latest handsets to make the most of VoLTE. With this deployment, KDDI will be able to develop new revenue streams and prepare their business for the future.”