Gemplus marks milestone with 500M SIM cards sold and deployed across the globe; over one-third of SIM cards currently deployed are from Gemplus

August 22, 2002

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LUXEMBOURG -- Gemplus (NASDAQ: GEMP), the world's leading provider of smart card-enabled solutions, announces today that it has passed the 500 Million mark in terms of SIM cards deployed in the field. Since the standardization of GSM in 1992, Gemplus has consistently been the leader in terms of smart card shipment for the telecom industry. To date, a total of 1.36 billion SIMs have been delivered globally with Gemplus providing more than one in every three SIM cards (Source: Gemplus Market Analysis).With GSM reaching maturity, Gemplus has broadened its focus to include other telecom standards. For example, Gemplus has played a key role in the first card-based network for CDMA by supplying China Unicom with R-UIM's1, and in Japan, supplied USIMs2 for the first commercial launch of 3G by NTT DoCoMo. In the USA, Gemplus has introduced the SIM in non-GSM environments such as iDEN with Nextel. They have also been supporting the migration from TDMA to GSM across the board.With the emergence of a new ecosystem wherein content providers have entered the relationship between the operator and the end-user, the role of the smart card has evolved. Gemplus' strategy is to lead the market by providing solutions based around the smart card, wherein the SIM reinforces its role as the unique direct link between the operator and the end-user, and also enables access for the content provider. As consumers drive operators to deliver new and better services, the SIM's role becomes an architectural control point for the download, upload and deletion of applications, as well as secure mobile transactions.Philippe Vallée, president of the Telecom Business Unit, Gemplus said, "Reaching this major milestone is evidence that the SIM has become a fundamental component of mobile telephony. There are few companies who can say that they have delivered 500 million products. By consolidating our relationships with our clients and moving into the applications space, we are ready and looking forward to delivering the next 500 million".Gemplus SA

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