At the Tech Plus 2015 event, an MTN rep introduced a new initiative called MTN Token. This was supposed to be a service that would allow users conduct transactions using their phone numbers as ID. Since then, we haven’t heard anything about the program until now.
In a press release, MTN has announced a partnership with Gemalto to provide its LinqUs Mobile ID platform. This will power MTN Token by delivering convenient mobile authentication for mobile users. Service providers in Nigeria can now easily adopt MTN Token services to better protect online services against identity theft and cyber-crime.
A’isha Umar Mumuni, General Manager, Products & Innovation at MTN Nigeria, had this to say:
“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,”
“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.”