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12.01.2005 – 08:10


Gemplus Carries Out First High Speed SIM Card Download Over the Air for 3G

    Luxembourg (ots/PRNewswire)

    - Using the High Speed of 3G, Gemplus and 3 Hong Kong Manage the First Remote Download of a Data Applet to a SIM Card

    Gemplus International S.A. (Euronext: LU0121706294 - GEM, NASDAQ: GEMP), the world's leading provider of smart card solutions, announces that it has carried out the world's first high speed Java SIM card applet download over the live 3G infrastructure of 3 Hong Kong.

    Using a faster and more powerful communication channel based on USIM and OTA technology for 3G (1), Gemplus was able to download a data applet over 3 HK's live network onto a 3G video mobile phone at a speed of 384 kbit/s. This represents a significant improvement over SMS bearer technology which is currently used for SIM OTA in 2G.

    Download capability at this speed means that mobile operators will be able to maximise the potential of large USIM cards sized 128kb and above, offering faster and more reliable card administration, such as profile management and applet downloading, dynamic memory management, service deployment and post- personalisation. End users will be able to access the services and content they want, and update and delete them as and when required. Operators will also be able to manage the "operator menu" remotely, in order to ease service set-up and recovery.

    With 3 Hong Kong set to be one of the first operators benefiting from this, Ms. Agnes Nardi, Managing Director of 3 Hong Kong, said, "What this means for us is the ability to download larger applications with speed directly onto the USIM. This is useful for applications such as preferred roaming list update and handset tracking, which can be performed with no service disruption to the end-user. We have implemented this technology in a pilot phase and it is now ready for full deployment."

    "This achievement has come about thanks to Gemplus' strong expertise and experience in delivering 3G cards and solutions to operators rolling out 3G networks" said Jacques Seneca, EVP Business Development Group, Gemplus. "This reinforces our leadership in the 3G sphere, alongside such key players as 3 Hong Kong."

    (1) - USIM and OTA technology for 3G is based on the latest 3GPP and ETSI standards commonly known in the SIM card industry as BIP (Bearer Independent Protocol).

    About Gemplus

    Gemplus International S.A. (Euronext: LU0121706294 - GEM, NASDAQ: GEMP) is the world's leading player in the smart card industry in both revenue and total shipments (source: Gartner-Dataquest (2004), Frost & Sullivan, Datamonitor.). It has sold over 4 billion smart cards.

    With security at its core, and 2400 patents produced by its innovative R&D team, Gemplus delivers a wide range of portable, personalised solutions in areas including Identity, Mobile Telecommunications, Public Telephony, Banking, Retail, Transport, Healthcare, WLAN, Pay-TV, e-government, and access control.

    Gemplus' revenue in 2003 was 749 million Euros.


    (c)2005 Gemplus. All rights reserved. Gemplus, the Gemplus logo, are trademarks and service marks of Gemplus S.A. and are registered in certain countries. All other trademarks and service marks, whether registered or not in specific countries, are the property of their respective owners.

    Some of the statements contained in this release constitute forward-looking statements. These statements relate to future events or our future financial performance and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that may cause our or our industry's actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, levels of activities, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Actual events or results may differ materially. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot guarantee future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those estimated by the forward-looking statements contained in this release include, but are not limited to: trends in wireless communication and mobile commerce markets; our ability to develop new technology, and the effects of competing technologies developed and expected intense competition generally in our main markets; profitability of our expansion strategy; challenges to or loss of our intellectual property rights; our ability to establish and maintain strategic relationships in our major businesses; our ability to develop and take advantage of new software and services; and the effect of future acquisitions and investments on our share price. Moreover, neither we nor any other person assumes responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of such forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements contained in this release speak only as of this release. We are under no duty to update any of the forward-looking statements after this date to conform such statements to actual results or to reflect the occurrence of anticipated results.

ots Originaltext: Gemplus
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Gemplus PR: Jane Strachey, Tel: +33-4-423-64-661,
e-mail:jane.strachey@gemplus.com.  Edelman PR, Helen Baker, Tel:
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