Japan: Softbank With MasterCard Hold Rare NFC Project In Japan

 

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Tokyo Japan
Scope: 
Trial
Est. Launch: 
Spring 2008
Main Application: 
Payment
Mobile Operator: 
Softbank Mobile
Service Provider (application): 
Orico (MasterCard PayPass)
NFC Handsets: 
Samsung
Secure Element: 
SIM
Other Vendors: 
Gemalto (SIM)

This NFC trial–which used standard ISO 14443 contactless technology–was necessarily going to be small. Japan has few contactless terminals that accept anything other than Sony’s proprietary FeliCa technology.

NFC Times Take: 

Softbank, Japan’s third largest mobile operator, along with No. 2 KDDI, has been keener to move to NFC than dominant telco NTT DoCoMo. NFC could open up Japan to a greater variety of handsets for contactless services and also break the stranglehold Sony and DoCoMo have on the contactless wallet phone technology rolled out in Japan starting in 2004.

 

 

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