NFC Times Exclusive: France’s Bouygues Telecom, a pioneer in the NFC ecosystem, has frozen its NFC program, just months before the French market plans to roll out the technology nationally, NFC Times has learned.
Sources told NFC Times that the two top NFC staffers at the No. 3 French mobile operator, Laurent Jullien and Susanne Molkentin-Lacuve have left the telco or are in the process of doing so.
While NFC SIMs and services will be technically available from Bouygues this year, there will be no promotion, no national customer support or updates to the technology. The suspension, put into effect about three weeks ago, effectively shuts down Bouygues‘ more than eight-year-old NFC program.