Mobile operators show support for NFC technology

18 November 2011

Up to 45 global mobile operators have pledged their support for the implementation of SIM-based Near Field Communications (NFC) technology solutions.

According to the GSM Association (GSMA), which made the announcement at its Mobile Asia Congress, the agreement should ensure the development of “secure, interoperable and ubiquitous SIM-based mobile NFC services”.

Franco Bernabè, chairman of the GSMA, and chief executive officer (CEO) and chairman of Telecom Italia Group, said the agreement was a sign of the growing momentum behind NFC technology.

“NFC is an important innovation for consumers around the world, and while it is perhaps best known for enabling secure mobile payments, it will also enable a wide range of innovative and exciting new services and applications.”

The GSMA has also published a set of standard requirements surrounding NFC technology in terms of SIM and handset as part of a bid to accelerate take up of the solutions.

Anne Bouverot, director-general at GSMA, said: “It is critical to embrace common standards that will promote the global interoperability of services and accelerate time-to-market.”

Previous research from Strategy Analytics revealed that almost 1.5 billion SIM-based handsets will have been sold worldwide between 2010 and 2016.

By Jim Ottewill

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