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Telenor and Norwegian banking industry launch BankID for mobiles
Posted: 02-Oct-2006 [Source: Telenor]

[The Norwegian banking industry is set to begin using BankID for mobile phones in 2008 offering access to banking and payment services anytime and anywhere.]

Oslo, Norway -- Telenor and the banking industry enter into a unique agreement to make life simpler for millions of Norwegians. Banking and payment services will be available via a mobile phone, anytime and anywhere.

The Norwegian banking industry is one of the world's leaders in using modern and cost-effective solutions.

"Technologically, banks in Norway are among the world leaders, and the extensive cooperation in the industry has resulted in much simpler banking for customers. Another step in this direction is BankID for mobile phones, with Telenor as partner. The partnership will have enormous consequences for bank customers in the future," says Arne Hyttnes, Managing Director of the Norwegian Savings Banks Association.

The Norwegian banking industry, through the Norwegian Savings Banks Association and the Norwegian Financial Services Association (FNH), is behind the BankID Partnership (BankID Samarbeidet). The BankID Partnership has developed BankID, an electronic proof of identity which can be used for identification and signing agreements on the Internet.

Unique common project

BankID for mobile phones builds on the cooperative model in the BankID Partnership. The agreement between Telenor and the BankID Partnership is unique as there is no equivalent cooperation between the banking industry and the telecommunication sector in other countries.

"With BankID for mobile phones, we are helping simplify our customers' lives, while at the same time participating in a unique and innovative partnership with the banking industry," says Berit Kjoell, Division director in Telenor.

BankID for mobile phones strengthens BankID's position as the most widespread and widely used electronic proof of identity. Telenor is the first operator to enter into an agreement with the BankID Partnership, but this does not exclude other operators from signing a similar agreement.

Customers control opening times

BankID for mobile phones will be available in 2008 and all banks participating in the BankID Partnership may offer BankID to their customers. When that happens, 2.3 million Internet bank customers and 2.7 million Telenor subscribers will be able to identify themselves and sign agreements using a mobile phone. This means that customers decide the bank's opening times and have access to new services they need -- secure services, anytime and anywhere.

"The financial industry is at the forefront of using modern and cost-effective solutions to the benefit of people in general. BankID for mobile phones can help meet people's expectation of being able to satisfy their banking needs anytime and anywhere. Having to stand in line to pay bills is ancient history," says Arne Skauge, Managing Director of FNH.

Usage of mobile phones has gone beyond speech and SMS to areas such as MMS and the Internet. BankID for mobile phones is a natural part of this development, and will initially be used in four areas: logging on to Internet banks, mobile banking, electronic service for business and the public sector, and account-based payment services for the Internet and mobiles (BankAxess).

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