SIMalliance Keeps an Eye on HCE, as It Reports NFC SIM Shipment Growth in 2013

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.”

The vendor group had earlier announced that its members shipped 78 million NFC SIMs in 2013, up from 30 million in 2012 and 16 million in 2011. Association members account for 86% of global SIM supply, but the group does not include some key Chinese, Korean and Japanese NFC SIM suppliers, so its shipment figures don’t take in all global shipments.

The vendor group also does not make numerical forecasts of SIM shipments, but increased shipments are expected to China, the U.S. and Europe this year, sources have told NFC Times.

Meanwhile, the SIMalliance continued to argue that host-card emulation, or HCE, would not threaten its members’ NFC SIM businesses, though it acknowledged that some aspects of the impact of HCE remain unknown. 

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Chart: Geographical breakdown of NFC SIM shipments for full year 2012, H1 2013 and full year 2013 

Among Topics Covered: 

  • Geographic breakdown of NFC SIM shipments released by SIMalliance vendor group
  • Expected NFC SIM hotspots this year in China, United States and some European countries
  • New SIMalliance comments on expected threat from host-card emulation
  • Major contentions made by the vendor group in its recent HCE position paper
  • Shipment figures for overall SIM market and LTE SIMs. 

Among companies and organizations mentioned:

SIMalliance
Isis
Verizon Wireless
AT&T
China Mobile
China Telecom
Safran Morpho 
Proxama 

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