LONDON The European Commission has decided not to raise any objections under EC Treaty state aid rules to the financial aid of €35.2 million granted by France to the MaXSSIMM research and development program.
MaXSSIMM, which involves a consortium of 10 partners headed by Gemalto NV (Amsterdam, Netherlands), is designed to meet the needs for personal management of multimedia data for the internet and mobile telephony, and the deployment of secure services for digital set-top boxes.
The aid granted by the French authorities for the MaXSSIMM R&D program represents a total cost of €35.2 million over 30 months. The MaXSSIMM program centres around far-reaching changes to the existing SIM card and the simultaneous adaptation of mobile terminals and service platforms for GSM and 3G networks, involving significant software and hardware developments.
Its aim is to meet the needs for personal management of multimedia data for the internet and mobile telephony as well as other industrial needs such as the rationalisation of mobile terminal platforms, distance management of these platforms by operators and mass industrial personalisation of the new high-capacity SIM cards essential for the growth of this market.
The program is coordinated by Gemalto which will contribute to developing a common architecture incorporating mobile communication, microelectronics and distance management of cards and services by operators (OTA servers).
Other partners will also contribute to the development of the new terminals compatible with the MaXSSIMM solution – Sagem (Paris, France) and the integration of the essential microcontroller components – ST Microelectronics NV (Geneva, Switzerland), NXP BV ((indhoven, The Netherlands)), while SMEs will contribute their expertise to the supply of mobile services on the new platform – VoxInzebox (Marseille, France) and Cityvox (Paris, France).