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.
NFC Times Exclusive: Chinese mobile operators China Mobile and China Telecom have begun ordering what is expected to be tens of millions of low-cost NFC SIM cards this year, as they prepare to expand their NFC rollouts, while China Mobile is also planning to pay device makers to put NFC technology in their phones, sources told NFC Times.
SIM vendor association SIMalliance offered more details about its members’ overall NFC SIM shipments in 2013, and despite the emergence of such alternatives as host-card emulation, the group contends that “significant increases in NFC (SIM) shipments look set to continue globally.”
NFC Times Exclusive: Mobile network operators will take delivery of at least two-thirds more NFC SIMs this year than in 2013, predicts operator trade association, the GSMA, though the impact of host-card emulation remains to be seen.
New York, NY – China Mobile will miss its goal of rolling out 10 million NFC phones and signing up three million users by the end of 2013, citing problems with handset makers implementing NFC on enough phones, among other issues.
Chinese payment card network China UnionPay has launched its own mobile wallet for Android phones and the iPhone, enabling users to add their payment cards and loyalty cards, coupons and eventually e-tickets.
Germany’s third largest mobile operator, E-Plus, has launched NFC payments with a prepaid wallet card, joining other German telcos, which have also launched prepaid payments applications on their SIM cards.
As the Hungarian Mobile Wallet Association prepares to enable its members to commercially launch NFC mobile payments, it has released the results of its 12-month NFC payments and loyalty pilot along with a survey of users.
France-based telco Orange and Air France, along with airline industry and information technology services provider SITA have launched a trial of an NFC boarding pass application for the airline’s route from Toulouse to Paris, and SITA is also piloting Bluetooth low energy beacons at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.
NFC Times Exclusive: Both Visa and MasterCard plan to offer their own HCE services to banks and other issuers to help the financial institutions launch host-card emulation, as the payment networks continue to try to expedite the rollout of HCE technology for NFC mobile payments, NFC Times has learned.
NFC Times Exclusive: Host-card emulation represents an “inflection point” for driving the rollout of NFC mobile payments and could also help the SIM-based NFC ecosystem to become more efficient and less costly, the head of payments innovation for major Spanish bank BBVA told NFC Times.
NFC Times Exclusive: With its high rate of smartphone ownership, strong contactless-payment infrastructure and well-developed NFC ecosystem, Canada is increasingly seen as a market to watch for NFC commercial deployments.
Spanish bank BBVA is claiming to be the first bank to commercially launch payments with host-card emulation, announcing today an upgrade of its Android mobile-wallet app incorporating Visa’s HCE specifications.