LONDON French smart and security card specialist Gemalto has won a contract to develop and provide an over-the-air (OTA) platform and LTE Universal Integrated Circuit Card for Verizon Wireless, which is the first carrier in the U.S. to roll out a Long Term Evolution (LTE) mobile broadband network.
The specially developed UICC will be used inside mobile devices to manage subscriber information exchange – such as transferring contacts and preferences from one device to another – while providing secure access to the network.
Kyle Malady, vice president of product development for Verizon Wireless, said: "As we build the global LTE ecosystem, we are bringing in partners who are best in their class and who have demonstrated the ability to bring products to market quickly. Gemalto fits the bill for its OTA platform and its UICC."
Verizon announced at the Mobile World Congress in February that it chose Alcatel-Lucent and Ericsson as its initial infrastructure suppliers for its roll out of the LTE network.
The operator, part owned by Vodafone, plans to initially use its 700 MHz spectrum for the build-out.