Orange and China Mobile to Collaborate on NFC Services
Published on: 17th Dec 2012
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Orange and China Mobile have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that aims to accelerate the commercialization of NFC based services by integrating standardized technical protocols into their respective services.
The two companies have agreed to work together on these themes with a view to ensuring the large-scale adoption of SIM-based NFC services and the availability of compatible devices in a open and transparent way, along with the interoperability of such services in a way that will facilitate the emergence of a wide range of applications.
The cooperation also includes the development of standardised solutions that will provide consistency across eco-systems, regardless of the mobile network operator or third-party involved in providing the service, and regardless of the device used.
"In order to encourage the wide-spread take-up of NFC services, the industry as a whole needs to find ways to offer NFC services that are simple, transparent and secure," said Thierry Millet, Orange's Vice President of Mobile Payment and Contactless solutions. "By working together with China Mobile, we hope to show that the development of a SIM-card based approach using recognized standards will be a key factor in winning over consumer confidence as NFC services become more and more prevalent over the coming years."
Through this partnership between two major players from Europe and Asia, Orange and China Mobile will contribute to the industry-wide effort coordinated by GSMA to develope an open SIM-based NFC market over the coming years.