Gemalto Announces China Telecom NFC SIM Deal; Releases Few Details of Contract

France-based Gemalto today announced that it is one of the suppliers for China Telecom’s “massive” rollout of NFC SIMs, though it did not offer any details on price or quantities of cards it will ship.

As NFC Times reported last month, Gemalto’s bid was the lowest or one of the lowest among six vendors that received contracts to supply cards for China Telecom’s 50 million NFC SIM tender. But Gemalto was not selected for an even larger tender awarded this spring by China’s largest telco, China Mobile. The bids on the China Mobile tender featured even lower prices, and that might be one reason Gemalto didn't win a contract.

The other five suppliers of NFC SIMs for China Telecom are Chinese vendors. China Telecom disclosed names of the vendors it had selected for supply contracts around early April.

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Article comments

 
Karl J. Weaver Jun 13 2014

Hello Dan,
I think finally the Chinese operators realize using NFC will give them an edge against Alibaba's Alipay. You can see the government banning Alibaba's bar code and virtual credit card businesses because of fear of un-secure cloud transactions. Alibaba is using sound wave technology as well, but as they IPO in North America, for sure they would try to bring Alipay business to the USA. Bar Code proximity payments are not banned in the USA, even CHina Unionpay wants to actively promote mobile payments in the USA market. The State Owned Enterprises are fighting a tough battle for dominance in the mobile payment landscape of China.
Thanks,
Karl J. Weaver

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