• Vodafone Germany and rivals Deutsche Telekom and Telefónica Deutschland finally made an official launch of Mobile Connect.

Official launch of Mobile Connect

Official launch of Mobile Connect

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The operators have been developing the mobile phone number-based authentication system under the umbrella of the GSM Association (GSMA). The trio of operators said the system – announced by the GSMA back in 2016 – was now live, offering a “Germany-wide standard” for logging in to “internet services on PCs, tablets, and mobile phones”.

They accentuated it as less “cumbersome” and risky than traditional, password-based validation of users. In Germany, Mobile Connect has been tied with Verimi, a broader, cross-industry digital identity venture formed in 2017, with Deutsche Telekom as one investor (but not Vodafone Germany (VfD), nor Telefónica). It will form part of Verimi’s “portfolio” of registration options.

The GSMA claims 70 operators in “nearly 40 countries” have now introduced Mobile Connect. VfD first flagged plans to release the system in early‑2018. Vodafone Idea (as Vodafone India), Vodafone Spain, and Vodafone UK have also previously highlighted interest but said little regarding deployment (Vodafonewatch, #142, #147, #151, and #168).