“ConnectSIM” by Morpho and Telenor nominated for SESAMES award

Paderborn, December 6, 2010

Morpho (Safran group) and Telenor Group have been nominated as a finalist in the prestigious SESAMES award. Their innovation "ConnectSIM" has been shortlisted by the jury in the "Hardware" category, which acknowledges cards, tokens or chips that represent a genuine breakthrough in the card industry and deliver significant benefits to potential users.

ConnectSIM is the world's first wireless Local Area Network (LAN) enabled SIM. It provides new freedom and security for mobile phone users. Featuring WLAN 802.11 capability, the ConnectSIM card becomes a seamlessly integrated node in any wireless IP network, creating trust for its ecosystem: TV, laptop, games, mobile phones, etc. Such a SIM creates new business opportunities, giving mobile network operators a key position in trusted services: mobile transactions, identity, WEB security and more.

"The nomination for the SESAMES award is recognition of this innovative technology developed at our research lab at Telenor," says EVP Morten Karlsen Sørby, Telenor Corporate Development. "We believe that this technology will create new exciting business opportunities for mobile network operators, including our mobile operations in the Telenor Group," he says.

"Being nominated for the prestigious SESAMES award acknowledges our constant ambition to think ahead and find solutions that drive development of the market," commented Philippe d'Andréa, Executive Vice President at Morpho's e-Documents Division.

Almost 400 entries were submitted for this year's SESAMES award. The winners will be announced at a ceremony on December 6, on the eve of the 2010 CARTES & IDentification exhibition in Paris.

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About Telenor
Telenor Group is an international provider of tele, data and media communication services. Telenor Group has mobile operations in 11 markets in the Nordic region, Central and Eastern Europe and in Asia, as well as a stake of close to 40 per cent in VimpelCom Ltd., which operates in 10 markets. Headquartered in Norway, Telenor Group is one of the world's major mobile operators with 195 million mobile subscriptions (104 million in consolidated operations and 91 million in VimpelCom Ltd per Q3 2010), revenues in 2009 of NOK 91 billion, and a workforce of approximately 34,000 employees.

For more information about Telenor Group, please visit www.telenor.com

About Morpho
Morpho, a high-technology company in the Safran group, is one of the world's leading suppliers of identification, detection and e-document solutions. Morpho is specialized in personal rights and flow management applications, in particular based on biometrics, a sector in which it is the world leader, as well as secure terminals and smart cards. Morpho's integrated systems and equipment are deployed worldwide and contribute to the safety and security of transportation, data, people and countries.
Through its e-Documents Division, Morpho is a pioneer and a global leader in the smart card industry. It develops and implements cutting-edge technology to turn the vision of unbounded mobile communications and integrated digital security into a reality. The Division's portfolio includes hardware, software, consulting and services, all focused on smart cards for the benefit of consumers and providers in the telecommunications, health, identification and banking areas.

For more information: www.morpho.com - www.safran-group.com

Morpho, e-Documents Division
Mareike Blumentrath
Phone : +49 5251 889 1216
Mobile : +49 162 200 7761
mareike.blumentrath@morpho.com

Telenor
Ingunn B. Anstensrud
Phone: +47 95 20 35 75
ingunn.anstensrud@telenor.com