Gemalto Announces SIM Contract with French MoI for Mission-Critical Communications
Tuesday, November 27, 2018 | Comments

The French Ministry of Interior (MoI) selected Gemalto to deliver connectivity and security in next-generation cellular networks used by officers from law enforcement and national security units for critical communications.

The company formally announced its MoI contract, previously discussed by the governmental agency. Gemalto will deliver customized subscriber identity modules (SIMs); eSIMs, which enable remote SIM provisioning of any mobile device; and related subscription management solutions.

Critical communications networks are migrating toward 4G and 5G technology to benefit from high-speed data connectivity, which enables real-time video applications. The French enforcement agencies will benefit from private mobile broadband coverage from existing public Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks and ad-hoc deployable tactical bubbles in different locations, with secure and dedicated access rights for personnel. In seconds, security force agents can switch between mobile networks in response to operational requirements or unexpected coverage issues.

“Gemalto’s unique blend of expertise across device security, authentication and secure connectivity allows us to deploy reliable, resilient and trusted private critical communication networks for French national security units,” said General Bruno Poirier Coutansais, head of information system technologies for national security at the French MoI. “It will also help to comply with the most stringent regulations — including Isolated E-UTRAN Operation for Public Safety (IOPS) — for ultra-secure mobile networks.”

IOPS enables users to maintain a level of communications in isolated mode without backhaul communications.

“Our recognized expertise in authentication and protection allows us to answer the pressing need for pre-5G customizable connectivity, enhanced network data protection and device security in the field of critical, tactical and secure communications,” said Frédéric Vasnier, executive vice president, mobile services and internet of things (IoT) at Gemalto.

Separately, StreamWIDE was selected to supply the company’s mission-critical push to talk (MCPTT) Team On Mission solution to the French MoI as part of the French state procurement tender of equipment and services PCSTORM lot 4 for applications and security. The solution will allow the ministry to establish broadband radio communications and deploy tactical networks via a converged platform.

The requirements for the contract included emphasis on Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) compliance and on interoperability. Team On Mission will be immediately implemented to support the demand for cross-unit communications during critical interventions. The platform offers a user-friendly interface and a seamless user experience with full security and encryption.

MoI officials said French operator Orange will offer the radio access network (RAN) with priority and pre-emption features and backup using other French nationwide mobile networks for PCSTORM.

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