MWC 2016 LIVE: Telenor CEO calls on operators to embrace Mobile Connect initiative

Telenor MWC16Telenor CEO Sigve Brekke took to the stage to urge more operators to embrace the GSMA’s Mobile Connect ID authentication initiative, saying that the industry needs to cooperate to keep control of the log-in in order to retain ownership of the customer relationship and stay relevant in an increasingly digital world.

Just this week, GSMA said that 34 mobile network operators have now launched the service in 21 countries, with plans for additional launches and trials to follow in 2016 and beyond. So far, two billion consumers have the ability to use the service, which essentially enables a person’s mobile phone number to be used as a single ID for various digital services.

However, Brekke warned that the market is “cluttered” with other digital players that also want to own the log-in stage. The days of just one SIM card per customer are fast disappearing, he added.

In his view, mobile operators should now be seriously considering how they will retain this control because time is running out.

“I think it is time to start stepping up and not give away the customer relationship we have,” Brekke said.

For telcos, the issue at stake is maintaining the customer relationship in a situation where internet services are disrupting traditional business models and threatening to reduce telcos to simple utility providers.

Brekke welcomed the Mobile Connect initiative as a way to address this issue, but said the biggest challenge here is to get operators to cooperate.

“They are used to competing” he said. “Just the concept of agreeing to do something together takes a little time to get used to that.”

Brekke said Telenor wants to be at the forefront of becoming an ID provider and is already rolling out services in Asia, with an initial focus on Pakistan and Bangladesh. Services will be rolled out in Europe at a later date.

Biometrics
Interestingly, the company is also using biometrics for secure identification on devices.

Anne Bouverot, the former director general of GSMA, who is now CEO of Morpho, noted that usage of biometrics such as fingerprint access to secure mobile devices has developed hugely after initial scepticism.

But while around 200 smartphone models now use fingerprinting, Bouverot sees biometrics moving to other parts of the body.

“The future of biometrics is selfies,” she said. “Unlike passwords, faces are not secret, but they clearly belong to us.”

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Featured Stings

A Sting Exclusive: Paris Climate Change Summit, a defining moment for humanity, by Ulf Björnholm Head of UNEP Brussels

The financial war touches Frankfurt and Berlin

Germany: A grand coalition may trouble employers and bankers

Happens now in Brussels: Green Week sets the EU and global climate policy agenda

Eurozone closer to a deflation – stagnation trap

Parliament cuts own spending to facilitate agreement on EU budget

Who is to lose from the 6-month extension of the EU economic sanctions against Russia?

The EU Consumer Policy on the Digital Market: A Behavioral Economics View

Draghi’s 2018 compromise: enough money printing to revive inflation and check euro ascent

EU-wide rules for safety of drones approved by European Parliament

The US may be “open” to reviving TTIP, while the EU designs the future of trade with China

JADE Spring Meeting 2016 highlights

GradList Launched At TheNextWeb 2014

The EU slowly exits from “Excessive Deficit Procedure” and hopefully from ‘Excessive Austerity Procedure’ too

EU: Tax evasion and fraud flourish under political protection

Social inclusion: how much should young people hope from the EU? 

EU Parliament: The surplus countries must support growth

Banks cannot die but can be fined

Why is the EU launching a doomed policy in stopping immigrant waves? What are the real targets?

The Cold War had an unintended side effect: It created a European wildlife paradise

EU finally to extend sanctions on Russia despite arguments; Greece again in Europe’s spotlight

We need greater protection for our oceans. We can’t let politics stand in the way

Resolving banks with depositors’ money?

The sad plight of fledging doctors

Hundreds of thousands of lives still lost each year to small arms, UN conference hears

MWC 2016 LIVE: Ericsson/Cisco partnership on track, insist execs

The EU patent space and Unified Court are born

Why do medical curricula shouldn’t neglect the Sustainable Development Goals

Why lay people don’t expect anything good from G20

Draghi proposes timeframe for full Banking Union in five years

The G7 should take the lead on ocean targets for 2020

Trump questions US – Europe kinship, approaches Russia

#TwitterisblockedinTurkey and so is Erdogan

MWC 2016 LIVE: Getty chief says one in four new images from phones

Cameron’s Conservatives and UKIP are exploiting and cultivating anti-EU immigration sentiment but Labour party isn’t?

Commerce is on the cusp of radical change. Is your organization ready?

Trump to subject the Fed, challenge the ECB and make Wall St. bankers even richer

New Report Offers Global Outlook on Efforts to Beat Plastic Pollution

Commission’s action against imports from China questioned

China confirms anti-state-subsidy investigation on EU wine imports

A hot autumn after a cool summer for Europe

Why Microsoft is a regular to Almunia’s

Cutting money transfer fees could unlock $15bn for developing countries. Here’s how

EU Commission accuses Germany of obstructing growth and the banking union

Cross-roads

Financial abuse of elderly ‘rampant, but invisible’, says UN expert

Tsipras doesn’t seem to have learned his “almost Grexit” lesson and Greece faces again financial and political dead end

At last a solid base for the European Banking Union

COP21 Breaking News: China has promised to cut emissions from its coal power plants by 60% by 2020

Cape Town’s crisis shows us the real cost of water

China in My Suburbs

European Parliament calls on Russia to end occupation of Georgian territories

JADE Spring Meeting 2015: a step forward for Youth Entrepreneurship

Why Italy will not follow the Greek road; Eurozone to change or unravel

Water supply a human right but Greeks to lose their functioning utilities

China revisited by the former Ambassador of Hungary to China

Cyber defence: MEPs call for better European cooperation

Why will Paris upcoming “loose” climate change agreement work better than the previous ones?

EU Leaders’ meeting in Sofia: Completing a trusted Digital Single Market for the benefit of all

G20 LIVE: G20 Statement on the fight against terrorism

More Stings?

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s