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Gemplus, world leader in smart card based solutions and mobile telephony
applications, launches the GemXplore 3G family of products following the
commercial delivery of its first USIM card (Universal Subscriber Identity
Module) for the 3G marketplace.

A GemXplore 3G USIM card inserted in every 3G handset will be the key
element to connect and authenticate users to the network, to manage their
service preferences and personal data and offer them a range of advanced
mobile services with the highest security. GemXplore 3G is based on a
multi-application design compliant with the latest 3GPP standards. This
gives operators all the flexibility they need in their migration towards
3G.

GemXplore 3G offers an enhanced level of security built around the new
3GPP authentication scheme allowing operators unprecedented flexibility in
implementing their security policies. Operators can tailor their security
to cater to the needs of the end-user while ensuring that they enhance
their protection levels over time.

Thanks to the interoperability of USIM, the transition from one network to
another becomes a straightforward task. GemXplore 3G ensures the
simultaneous support of 2G and 3G subscriptions, the transfer of 2G
personal data into 3G and the availability of 2G applications in a 3G
environment.

3G technology, with its inherent multimedia wireless capability, will
place the power of the Internet and the convenience of mobility and
transfer speed directly into the hands of the end-user. This
unprecedented combination is expected to boost all aspects of mobile
commerce. GemXplore 3G brings the PKI-based secure execution platform
needed to support these.

3G will bring a host of new applications onto the market. Most will need
a secure solution. For example, operators will only be able to provide
Virtual Private Network services if they can rely on secure
application-oriented architecture. GemXplore 3G will be the platform of
choice to control access, protect every information exchange, and offer
the flexibility to make transactions easier over time.

Another important application field is that of data storage management.
With the onset of 3G, it is expected that there will be an explosion in
the amount of data every individual will have to manage, be it personal,
business or multimedia. Users will require various locations to store
their data, i.e. remote data warehouses. GemXplore 3G is the most
appropriate tool to access and control these facilities, keep track of
their status, open access to third parties, etc..

These applications, among others, will benefit from the multi-application
design of GemXplore 3G, enabling a fast and easy deployment process.

Ron Black, Next Generation Networks Vice President, says: "Gemplus is in
a unique position to support operators in their 3G commercial roll out due
to our experience with early 3G adopters and an effective commercial
presence. We believe that our product will be recognized as a key factor
for offering security and confidence for next generation mobile services."

The first commercial release of GemXplore 3G has already been delivered to
a number of operators in the Asia Pacific region.

About Gemplus

Gemplus S.A. http://www.gemplus.com


is the world's leading provider of plastic
and smart card-based solutions (by units sold, source: Dataquest 1998).
Gemplus sells magnetic stripe cards, memory and microprocessor-based smart
cards, smart contactless cards, electronic tags and smart objects. The
company designs and markets software, development tools and readers.
Gemplus also provides consulting, training and personalisation services to
deliver the industry's most comprehensive and flexible card-based
solutions to its developers, distributors, partners, and customers.

With sales of over $US 817 million in 1999, Gemplus employs almost 6,300
people in 16 manufacturing facilities, 7 R&D centres and 44 sales and
marketing offices located in more than 37 countries around the world.
Founded in 1988, Gemplus has successfully implemented portable and secure
smart card-based solutions to simplify applications such as public and
wireless communications, financial transactions, loyalty, transportation,
education, healthcare, identity, physical access control, pay TV,
electronic commerce, Internet security, logical access control and
information technology.

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