Diversinet wins Chinese mobile certificate deal


Diversinet wins Chinese mobile certificate deal

Mobile security technology company Diversinet is signing a deal to work with China's Guangdong Electronic Certification Authority to provide a wireless security infrastructure for mobile commerce in Guangdong province.

The Guangdong CA will use Diversinet's Passport One software to create an infrastructure to distribute mobile certificates that can be used to secure mobile commerce for mobile subscribers in the province, who account for one-sixth of China's 269 million mobile subscribers, according to a Diversinet executive.

Passport One is a technology platform for distributing and managing digital certificates for wired and wireless devices, including PCs, mobile phones and PDAs. Using Diversinet's Passport Certificate Server software, service providers can develop and deploy secure services such as e-mail and information delivery to mobile devices.

The Guangdong CA is the government-approved certificate authority for Guangdong province and has already issued about 200,000 digital certificates to conduct e-business within the province.

Diversinet's products will be used to secure a number of mobile commerce applications, including a program to buy lottery tickets, download games and make electronic payments from mobile devices, said Nagy Moustafa, president and chief executive officer of Diversinet.

Paul Roberts writes for IDG News Service

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