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SoftBank chooses Gemalto for NFC commercialisation

Veronica C. Silva | June 18, 2013
SoftBank joins other mobile operators in Japan to grow NFC ecosystem.

Yet another mobile operator in Japan is venturing into commercial mobile near field communication (NFC) services.

SoftBank said it has chosen Gemalto to be able to launch mobile NFC services in Japan, with banks as possible first partners for mobile payment application.

Gemalto said SoftBank will use the Allynis Trusted Service Management (TSM) solution, which is hosted at Gemalto's secure data centre in Singapore.

Gemalto said SoftBank was encouraged to commercially launch NFC services because Japanese banks have shown interest in offering mobile payment services. And with NFC international standards, Gemalto said SoftBank Mobile is also considering expanding its mobile NFC services internationally to serve Japanese international travellers.

SoftBank joins KDDI as another Gemalto telecommunications customer that is implementing the TSM solution.

Japan's telecommunication operators are at the forefront of NFC implementation in the region. Together with NTT Docomo, KDDI and SoftBank formed the Japan Mobile NFC Consortium in 2011 to coordinate standards in adopting NFC for mobile devices and services.

"SoftBank Mobile's participation in Japan's NFC ecosystem is set to unify the usage of mobile payment throughout the country and beyond," said Michael Au, senior vice president, Telecommunications, Gemalto Asia. "With Japan's banks providing strong support for mobile payments, Gemalto expects rapid adoption and is dedicated to supporting SoftBank Mobile's efforts in developing this service."

In 2011, SoftBank joined other partners in Japan to test NFC for mobile payments. 


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