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Singapore-based telcos now support simplified mobile authentication: Mobile Connect

By Liu Hongzuo - on 28 Apr 2017, 12:22pm

Singapore-based telcos now support simplified mobile authentication: Mobile Connect

How Mobile Connect works.

The three major telcos in Singapore now supports easier mobile authentication for smartphone-savvy folks who have numerous apps and accounts for payment and transactions.

If you’re familiar with how Facebook Connect works for game app logins, you’d be happy to know that Singtel, StarHub, and M1 now supports a similar mobile authentication method called Mobile Connect.

A key difference is how Mobile Connect works with services and goods that actually matter while giving it the same convenience as logging into a game app via a central authentication method. Supported brands include EZ-Link, FOX Networks Group, HungryGoWhere, NETS, Singapore Press Holdings Limited (SPH), Singtel Dash, and WTS Travel, and it works on their websites and apps.

Logging into all these separate digital services will no longer require a user to register new access details, usernames, and passwords; users only need to log in to Mobile Connect. According to its press statement, these brands also benefit from Mobile Connect as it helps minimize failed transactions due to authentication issues. Mobile Connect also claims to be secure, as the information will not be made known to service providers without given permission.

Mobile Connect is already present and active in 29 countries, across 52 telco operators. The service was originally developed by GSMA – the same folks who are behind the annual Mobile World Congress exhibition where we get sneak peek to each respective year’s smartphone releases.

You can learn more about Mobile Connect from the GSMA website (here and here). We’re waiting on our Big Three to provide more local context for Mobile Connect.

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