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Ebtikar Card Systems, an Etisalat Group subsidiary, announced that its advanced production center in Ajman renewed the Security Accreditation Scheme (SAS) certification from the global organization ‘Global System for Mobile Communications' (GSMA).

GSMA SAS qualification is the highest standard of safety and data protection in smart card industry. Currently, there are 30 SAS certified companies worldwide. Ebtikar remains one of the very few companies to have a facility with the demanding and state-of-the-art SAS security certification in the Middle East. This certification validates that Ebtikar's UICC card production and personalization processes, as well as its entire site operations meet the GSMA's stringent standards for security and data protection.

Rashid Al Naqbi, General Manager, Ebtikar said: "Today's announcement is significantly showcasing our commitment towards maintaining a high standard of security and data protection. Ebtikar receiving this high level of accreditation from a leading industry body such as GSMA confirms our compliance to the highest level of security required by the industry demonstrating our commitment to all our customers and their security.

"This certification also gives operators and consumers complete confidence that Ebtikar's facilities comply with the most rigorous security procedures in place to protect all of the components, cards and information. The SAS accredited facilities of Ebtikar Card Systems have demonstrated their ability to produce high volumes of highest quality SIM cards while adhering to a most stringent set of standardized security criteria."

Ebtikar was established in 1996 to fulfil the growing demand for card and application needs, and today offers telecommunication operators and organizations worldwide solutions to deliver air-time and value-added services. Ebtikar's services include OS development, standalone applications, SIM management and solutions. It is renowned for its fast, accurate and timely delivery of SIM cards and smart cards, M2M modules and platforms.

In addition to the GSMA SAS certification, Ebtikar Card Systems has renewed ISO 9001/2015 certification for its state-of-the-art quality management, ISO 14001/2015 certification for its superior environmental management and OHSAS 18001: 2007 certification for Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems.