Morpho and Telenor win SESAMES award for their wireless LAN enabled SIM card

Paris, December 7, 2010

Morpho (Safran group) and Telenor announce that their wireless Local Area Network (LAN) enabled SIM card "ConnectSIM" has won the coveted SESAMES award in the "Hardware" category.

On the eve of the CARTES & IDentification congress, the expert jury chose ConnectSIM as the best and most innovative card, one that represents a genuine breakthrough in the card industry and delivers significant benefits to potential users.

ConnectSIM is the world's first wireless 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.

"We are very pleased to win this prestigious SESAMES award together with our partner Morpho. Telenor started to explore the opportunities of the WLAN enabled SIM card at an early stage and it is great to receive such recognition for our achievements. We believe that this innovative technology will create exciting business opportunities for mobile network operators, including our own operations in the Telenor Group," said EVP Morten Karlsen Sørby, Telenor Corporate Development.

Philippe d'Andréa, Executive Vice President at Morpho's e-Documents Division, stated: "We are delighted to win the prestigious SESAMES award again this year. It is testimony to the innovative spirit at Morpho and its technology partner Telenor."

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.

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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: -

Morpho, e-Documents Division
Mareike Blumentrath
Phone: +49 5251 889 1216
Mobile: +49 162 200 7761

Ingunn B. Anstensrud
Phone: +47 95 20 35 75

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