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ABI raises NFC handset forecast

November 22nd, 2012

ABI Research has raised its estimate for NFC handsets shipped in 2012 from 80m to 102m units. The analyst firm also expects 285m NFC-enabled devices to be shipped in 2013, with the number in circulation… More

Authentec sells Embedded Security Solutions division to Inside Secure

November 19th, 2012

The sale suggests that Apple’s interest in acquiring Authentec lies with the company’s innovative combined fingerprint and NFC solution, which is not part of the division being acquired by Inside Secure, and will lead to renewed speculation that Apple will include NFC in future iPhones and other devices. More

Mobile Wallet Outlook: Merchants and new financial services players flex their mobile payments muscles

November 14th, 2012

In the November edition of Mobile Wallet Outlook, the monthly trends bulletin for subscribers to The Mobile Wallet Report, the NFC World team examines the role US merchants plan to play in mobile payments and how the move to mobile is creating new opportunities for alternative players to define the bank account of the future. More

Bell ID buys Ecebs

November 13th, 2012

Transportation and smart card technology specialist Ecebs has been acquired by Bell ID. Ecebs’ portfolio includes a number of front-end technologies that Bell ID expects to be able to use to “significantly enhance its offering to the growing market for smart ticketing/payment using mobile devices”.

Eurosmart forecasts NFC SEs

November 7th, 2012

Close to 100m NFC secure elements will be shipped this year and that number will double in 2013, according to analysis conducted by smart card trade body Eurosmart. 750m contactless cards will also be produced in 2013, up from 600m in 2012.

Morpho ships NFC SIMs to KT

November 7th, 2012

Morpho has shipped 500,000 NFC/LTE SIM cards to KT, Korea’s second largest mobile network operator. KT expects that 20m Korean consumers will be equipped with an NFC phone by the end of this year.

Meet NFC World at Cartes

November 2nd, 2012

The NFC World team will be at the Cartes 2012 tradeshow in Paris next week, on stand 4-L-019. Do stop by and introduce yourself to Sarah, Laurence and Joe — and look out for a very special offer on The Mobile Wallet Report for subscribers who sign up at the event.

Vodafone picks Gemalto and CorFire for international mobile wallet launch

October 30th, 2012

“The consumer benefits of contactless payments are obvious,” says Christian Wirtz, m-commerce director for Vodafone Group. “The potential of mobile to transform existing industries — such as financial services, retail and transport — is enormous.” More

Inside Secure reports Q3 2012 results

October 29th, 2012

Inside Secure generated revenues of US$28.6m during the third quarter of 2012, the chip maker reports, up 1% on sales during the second quarter of 2012 but 22% down on the third quarter of 2011…. More

ABI: NFC payments to hit $100bn

October 19th, 2012

The total value of NFC mobile payment transactions will increase from US$4bn in 2012 to pass $100bn in 2016 and US$191bn in 2017, according to a new forecast by ABI Research. 26% of NFC handsets will house a contactless ticketing application in five years time, the researchers add.

GSMA appoints new head of NFC

October 19th, 2012

Pierre Combelles has been appointed as the GSMA‘s new business lead for NFC, replacing Nav Bains, who left to join Vivotech earlier this year. Combelles joins the GSMA from France Telecom-Orange group, where he was… More

GSMA requests feedback on mobile wallet technical proposal

October 17th, 2012

The mobile network operators’ trade association has published a technical document that sets out how carriers around the world could implement core NFC mobile wallet functions in a standard manner — and is asking potential service providers, suppliers and other interested parties to provide feedback on the plans. More

NXP ships 100m NFC controllers

October 3rd, 2012

NXP has now shipped 100m of its PN544 NFC controllers, the company reports. “The NFC market continues to evolve rapidly,” says NXP’s Michael Maader. “NFC is coming to many new tablets, laptops, speakers and headsets enabling secure payments, mobile ticketing, NFC tag use cases or the pairing of applications across multiple form-factors. All those devices and applications are creating the experiences end consumers are looking for.”

Identive reports NFC tag sales growth

October 2nd, 2012

Identive has announced it has received orders for more than 15m NFC tag transponders to be delivered over the next six months to large customers in the US, Europe and Asia. The company has also… More

Gemalto buys Ericsson’s mobile payments business

October 1st, 2012

Gemalto has acquired Ericsson’s Internet Payment Exchange business outside the US, including its NFC TSM service, for an undisclosed sum. IPX will join Gemalto’s Software & Services business line, within the company’s mobile communications division…. More

Visa releases Olympics NFC and contactless usage statistics

September 19th, 2012

“The response has been extremely positive and our priority now is on turning that enthusiasm into commercial mobile payment deployments across Europe,” says Visa’s Mary Carol Harris, adding that “we recognise that the journey is a marathon, not a sprint.” More

Orange France to stock 20 NFC phones by year end

September 19th, 2012

Close to 50% of the mobile phones stocked by Orange France will be equipped with NFC functionality by the end of 2012, Thierry Millet, the carrier’s VP of mobile payments and NFC, has told attendees at… More

Apple: No need for NFC today

September 12th, 2012

NFC isn’t needed to give iPhone owners what they need today, Apple’s Phil Schiller has told AllThingsD, in an interview following today’s launch of the iPhone 5: Apple Senior VP Phil Schiller said that Passbook… More

EMVCo and NFC Forum to simplify NFC device testing

September 5th, 2012

Chip and pin standards body EMVCo and the NFC Forum have agreed to work together to optimise the development and testing process for NFC devices. “The goal of the collaboration is to establish a framework to synchronise… More

Carriers get green light to launch NFC in the UK

September 5th, 2012

The European Commission has given its unconditional approval for the UK’s three largest mobile network operators to form a joint venture company to introduce NFC mobile payments and promotional services in the UK. More

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