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Rogers Communications Selects Gemalto to Secure Mobile NFC Payment Solutions

Mobile payments on Rogers NFC-enabled devices to be protected by
Gemalto’s SIM-based software security

AMSTERDAM and TORONTO, Oct. 9, 2012 /CNW/ – Rogers Communications (TSX:
RCI.A and RCI.B) and Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO) announced
today that mobile payment solutions currently in pilot testing and
coming to market this year on Rogers NFC-enabled devices will be
secured by digital security technology from Gemalto. Rogers will deploy
the Upteq NFC, Gemalto’s EMV-ready, high-end SIM-UICC solution, to store and secure
consumers’ credentials and card data required to make payments with
NFC-enabled mobile devices.

It’s essential that consumers have peace of mind when it comes to
storing payment cards on their mobile device and using it to make
credit and debit transactions on the go,”
said David Robinson, Vice-President, Emerging Business, Rogers
Communications. “Working with Gemalto allows us to protect the consumer’s information by
leveraging the SIM card, assuring a secure and seamless experience for
mobile payments.

Rogers is deploying the UpTeq NFC to secure payment credentials stored on the high-end SIM for new mobile
payment services that are expected to launch in Canada later this year,
and will leverage the card’s onboarding flexibility for the future
addition of tap-and-go services including coupon redemption, loyalty
programs, transit, and other digital identification. The UpTeq NFC secure device, which has an identical form factor as a conventional
SIM, is part of Gemalto’s UpTeq LTE offer, and fully compliant over LTE networks.  The payment services
that Rogers expects to deliver to banks will fully comply with EMV, the
global standard for secure credit and debit card transactions based on
microprocessor chip technology that protects information needed for
secure payments. The software application and the UpTeq NFC device have both successfully achieved the compliance assessment and
security testing certification in accordance with MasterCard and Visa’s
highest security requirements.

Gemalto has the global experience and capabilities, deploying and having
deployed more than 50 mobile NFC projects worldwide. The company has a
long history of being entrusted by thousands of banks and mobile
operators around the world to provide best-in-class solutions for
digital security”
said Sébastien Cano, senior vice president of Telecommunications at
Gemalto North America. “We have worked closely with Rogers to develop a highly scalable and
secure solution for mobile payment that leverages the SIM as our
industry’s most cost-effective security ingredient – Rogers is leading
the way for the future of mobile payments.

Canada has been on the forefront of global payments technology and as a
result, tens of thousands of Canadian retailers are already equipped
with contactless point-of-sale (POS) terminals that today accept
contactless banking cards and are hence capable of supporting the
mobile payment solutions on NFC-enabled devices – among them fast food
outlets, gasoline stations, grocery and convenience stores and coffee
shops.

Editor’s note on contactless and NFC

NFC stands for Near Field Communication, a radio-communication protocol
designed for consumer devices to communicate directly with one another
at very short range.

Extending the ability of the contactless card technology, NFC is
backward compatible with the existing contactless standards and
infrastructure, which supports payment brand applications such as
MasterCard PayPass, Visa PayWave, DiscoverZip or American Express
ExpressPay. As a result, NFC handsets in card emulation mode can be
used to perform secure contactless payment transactions. With the
emergence of mobile NFC services, payment terminals are enhanced with
additional applications such as ticketing, mobile coupon redemption,
information access from smart posters or access control systems with a
simple touch.

About Gemalto

Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO) is the world leader in digital security with 2011 annual revenues of €2 billion and more than 10,000 employees
operating out of 74 offices and 14 Research & Development centers,
located in 43 countries.

We are at the heart of the rapidly evolving digital society. Billions of
people worldwide increasingly want the freedom to communicate, travel,
shop, bank, entertain and work – anytime, everywhere – in ways that are
enjoyable and safe. Gemalto delivers on their expanding needs for
personal mobile services, payment security, authenticated cloud access,
identity and privacy protection, eHealthcare and eGovernment
efficiency, convenient ticketing and dependable machine-to-machine
(M2M) applications.

Gemalto develops secure embedded software and secure products which we
design and personalize. Our platforms and services manage these secure
products, the confidential data they contain and the trusted end-user
services they enable. Our innovations offer more ways for our clients
to enhance the convenience and security of people’s digital lives.

Gemalto thrives with the growing number of people using its solutions to
interact with the digital and wireless world.

For more information visit www.gemalto.com, www.justaskgemalto.com, blog.gemalto.com, or follow @gemalto on Twitter.

About Rogers Communications
Rogers Communications is a diversified Canadian communications and media
company. We are Canada’s largest provider of wireless voice and data
communications services and one of Canada’s leading providers of cable
television, high speed internet and telephony services. Through Rogers
Media we are engaged in radio and television broadcasting, televised
shopping, magazines and trade publications, sports entertainment, and
digital media. We are publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange
(TSX: RCI.A and RCI.B) and on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: RCI).
For further information about the Rogers group of companies, please
visit rogers.com

SOURCE: Rogers Communications Inc.