Security outfit Gemalto is teaming up with Microsoft to release of its On Demand Connectivity and eSIM technology for Windows 10 devices.
Gemalto’s works with the release GSM Association (GSMA) new specifications and guidelines for remote SIM provisioning.
Based around a subscription system, Gemalto’s On-Demand Connectivity works with Windows 10 native eSIM support. It is designed to be remotely provisioned by mobile network operators with subscription information and is globally interoperable across all carriers, device makers and technology providers implementing the specification.
This technology will serve as the framework devices of all shapes and sizes use to connect to operator networks. The first wave of devices with this technology is expected to be available to consumers by Christmas.
Roanne Sones, General Manager, Strategy and Ecosystem for Windows and Devices, Microsoft said that eSIM technology remains an important investment for Microsoft as it looks to create even more mobile computing opportunities
“As a key component for the Always Connected Windows experience, we worked closely with Gemalto to develop a solution that meets the new GSMA guidelines.”
Rodrigo Serna, Senior Vice President of Mobile Services and IoT Americas at Gemalto said that Gemalto has created a complete range of subscription management software and services to manage the eSIM life cycle in mobile devices.
“We will continue to work closely with Microsoft and the GSMA to further these advances while protecting the security of end users, who rely on their mobile devices to make everyday life easier.”
Digitial security firm Gemalto has filed a lawsuit against Google, HTC, Motorola, and Samsung, alleging that they have infringed patented Java technology in the Android OS.
The lawsuit was filed on 22 October in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, accusing the Android advocates of using Gemalto’s patented Java Card technology, which allows software to be written in Java and other programming languages so that they will work on mobile phones.
The Java Card patents were developed and filed in the 1990s, but exactly why it has taken until now to bring this matter to court, considering Android has been out since 2008, remains to be seen. It is not clear if Gemalto wants the infringing product removed altogether or wants financial remuneration, but the language used by the company suggests the latter.
“This lawsuit is necessary to protect our investment in innovation,” a Gemalto spokesperson said in a statement. “The technologies we develop and associated intellectual property rights are essential to Gemalto’s future. It is our commitment to our employees, customers, partners, and shareholders to protect those innovations from companies who ignore Gemalto’s intellectual property rights.”
Gemalto has been doing well this year, posting its third quarter results just last week, which showed a 25 percent increase from €401 million ($563 million) in 2009 to €500 million ($702 million) in 2010. Total revenue for the first three quarters of the year totalled €1.3 billion ($1.8 billion), up from €1.2 billion ($1.7 billion) for the same period in 2009.
Gemalto indicated it would “have no further comment on this ongoing legal matter”.