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Globe Telecom lone PH telco recognized at GSMA Mobile Connect Reception in Barcelona, Spain

Globe at the Mobile Connect Reception

Globe Telecom was the only Philippine telco to have been recognized by the GSMA during the Mobile Connect Reception Founders Accolade and Networking held at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain as part of the GSMA-led Mobile Connect initiative.

Globe was awarded as one of the founding Mobile Network Operator (MNO) partners for GSMA’s Mobile Connect: Project 1 Billion initiative. GSMA announced that the GSMA Mobile Connect mobile-based authentication solution is now available to 2 billion consumers globally. Since the solution was introduced at Mobile World Congress 2014, 34 mobile network operators (MNOs), including Globe, have launched the service in 21 countries.

As part of its commitment to enable the shift to a digital nation and empower Filipinos around the world to fully embrace their digital lifestyle, Globe joined the global initiative to protect its customers from the growing number of fraudulent activities and scams in the digital space.

Working with the GSMA closely, Globe launched Mobile Connect in the Philippines in light of the rapid growth of data and internet penetration in the country, exposing more users to online fraud and scams. GSMA’s Mobile Connect aims to securely authenticate, authorize and identify a subscriber accessing content using the inherent security of the mobile device owned and carried by the end user.

“With Mobile Connect, Globe is adopting a globally-accepted standard to protect our customers from the various cases of cybercrimes via a safe and secure platform. In today’s digital world, this initiative will definitely bring about sustainable and long-lasting impact to the global economy, and we at Globe are very happy to bring this innovation to Filipinos to ease them away from the worries of online fraud,” says Glenn Estrella, Vice President for Digital Media at Globe.

Mobile Connect enables customers to create and manage a digital universal identity via a single log-in solution. The service securely authenticates users, enabling them to digitally confirm their identity and their credentials and grant safe on-line access to mobile and digital services such as e-commerce, banking, health and digital entertainment, and e-government, via their mobile phones. It works by employing the user’s unique mobile number, combined with a unique PIN for more secure use cases, to verify and grant online access anywhere they see the Mobile Connect logo.

It also provides secure and convenient access to digital services that can be unlocked with the use of a secret PIN. It functions like Google’s Two-Factor authentication where the subscriber is asked to enter the code they get via SMS or USSD, to verify that they have the device with them when accessing a site or an app.

While initially focused on secure and convenient log-in to digital services, Mobile Connect is evolving to deliver secure authorisation of digital transactions and to add context and attributes about the user and the transaction to increase convenience, trust and security for the users and the online service providers, while respecting the users’ privacy.

Operators offering services based on Mobile Connect include América Móvil, Axiata Group (Bangladesh, Indonesia, Sri Lanka), China Mobile, China Mobile Pakistan (Zong), China Telecom, China Unicom, DNA, Elisa, Indosat Ooredoo, Mobilink, Mobitel, Orange (Egypt, France, Morocco, Spain), Sunrise, Swisscom (Switzerland), Telefónica Group (Argentina, Mexico, Peru, Spain), Telenor Group (Bangladesh, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Thailand), TeliaSonera (Finland), Telkomsel, Telstra, TIM and Turkcell (Turkey).

The Mobile Connect Reception Founders Accolade and Networking celebrated some of the biggest milestones achieved by the initiative as well as recognized key contributors and partners. It also allowed partner MNOs to network and meet with the Mobile Connect ecosystem.