MTN to provide secure online identity to subscribers in Nigeria

MTN Nigeria is positioning itself as the country’s foremost provider of secure digital identification and authentication with the introduction of a new service Mobile Connect, ‘MTN Token’.

MTN Token offers users a universal digital ID combined with a mobile-based second factor authentication, for easy and secure web service access, payments and financial transactions validation. When using the service for eCommerce, banking, insurance, ePublic and corporate networks services, the user’s mobile phone number is employed as the username.

“With the launch of MTN Token, we are the first private provider of secure online identity and positioned as a warrant of digital ID and authentication in Nigeria,” said A’isha Umar Mumuni, General Manager, Products & Innovation at MTN Nigeria. “As our network of service providers adopting MTN Token grows, the solution will deliver significant reductions in fraud whilst easing the frustration often experienced by consumers on their digital journeys.”

Service providers in Nigeria can adopt the new service to strengthen protection of online services against identity theft and cybercrime.

MTN is providing the new service through Gemalto, a leading digital security firm, which is providing its LinqUs Mobile ID platform to the Nigerian telco.

This new project, operated for MTN by Gemalto Allynis Services — its brand for service and consulting offers aimed at financial institutions — marks the first commercial rollout of SIM based services delivering convenient mobile authentication for all mobile users.

“The long-established partnership between MTN Nigeria and Gemalto is the perfect foundation for this ground-breaking project,” said Eric Claudel, President for Middle East & Africa at Gemalto. “Bridging the gap between security and convenience, Mobile Connect represents the future of user authentication. It also fully supports operators in monetizing new value added services”.