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    NFC couponing service launches in Tokyo stores

    June 26th, 2013

    Korean mobile network operator SK Telecom‘s subsidiary SK Planet has launched an NFC couponing service in the Shin-Okubo neighbourhood of Tokyo, the centre of the city’s Korean community, in partnership with Japanese carriers KDDI and… More

    SoftBank Mobile to launch NFC in Japan

    June 12th, 2013

    SoftBank Mobile has selected Gemalto as its trusted service manager for the commercial launch of NFC services in Japan. The carrier’s NFC platform will be hosted at Gemalto’s data centre in Singapore and run on… More

    JAL adds carriers and coupons to NFC boarding pass service

    May 7th, 2013

    Japan Airlines (JAL) has added coupons and special offers to its NFC-enabled boarding pass service and announced plans to extend operations to include customers of all three of Japan’s mobile network operators. KDDI customers have… More

    FeliCa Networks signs deal with Samsung for Japan’s move to NFC

    February 24th, 2012

    The joint venture between Sony and carrier NTT Docomo, which runs Japan’s Osaifu-Keitai mobile wallet service, has signed a deal with Samsung for the development of a new chip solution that will provide consumers with phones which work with both NFC services and Japan’s existing mobile payments infrastructure. More

    KDDI launches NFC in Japan

    January 16th, 2012

    The mobile network operator will begin commercial NFC services from the end of January with partners including Japan Airlines, credit card issuers, loyalty programme providers and retailers. More

    Japanese carriers form NFC consortium

    December 22nd, 2011

    NTT Docomo, KDDI and Softbank Mobile have set up the Japan Mobile NFC Consortium with the aim of working together to coordinate the switch from Japan’s existing Osaifu-Keitai non-NFC standard mobile payments system to NFC. More

    Japan gets NFC Expresspay test

    November 21st, 2011

    Japanese mobile network operator Softbank, card issuer Credit Saison and American Express have teamed up with NFC technology providers Dai Nippon Printing and Gemalto to test SIM-based NFC payments on Android phones. The three month trial sees an NFC version of American Express’ contactless Expresspay service being stored on an NFC SIM issued by Softbank, rather than the embedded secure element used in Google Wallet.

    45 mobile operators commit to NFC

    November 16th, 2011

    The mobile network operators have signed up to support and implement SIM-based NFC in a move the GSMA says will “promote the global interoperability of services and accelerate time-to-market”. More

    10% of Japanese consumers made a purchase with their mobile wallet in December

    10% of Japanese consumers made a purchase with their mobile wallet in December

    February 26th, 2011

    Analysis by Comscore for its 2010 Mobile Year in Review has found that just under 10% of Japanese mobile subscribers made a purchase with their mobile wallet during December 2010. In all, 9.8 million mobile users made… More

    World’s leading mobile operators commit to NFC — with the SIM as the secure element and the operators in control

    February 21st, 2011

    The GSMA has issued a statement outlining a commitment by leading global mobile network operators — many of whom have not previously been involved in NFC — to launch commercial services in 2012. “The operator community is focused on driving the standardised deployment of mobile NFC, using the SIM as the secure element to provide authentication, security and portability,” says the announcement.  More

    Toshiba begins NFC SIM mass production

    Toshiba begins NFC SIM mass production

    February 9th, 2011

    Toshiba has announced it has now completed testing of an NFC UIM, a user identity module that can be used in both CDMA2000 NFC phones and as a SIM card for GSM NFC phones, and… More

    KDDI, Softbank, SK Telecom begin testing joint NFC services for Japanese and Korean consumers

    February 9th, 2011

    The three mobile network operators, who signed an NFC cooperation agreement in July 2010, are to begin testing a number of cross-border NFC services this month with the aim of launching commercial services by the end of 2011. More

    NTT Docomo partners with Korea’s KT to switch to NFC at end of 2012

    February 9th, 2011

    Mobile network operator NTT Docomo, the driving force behind Japan’s Osaifu-Keitai mobile wallet service, has confirmed that it will make the move to NFC standard technology from “around the end of 2012”, in partnership with Korea’s KT. More

    Softbank to test NFC in Japan

    December 15th, 2010

    Softbank Mobile has partnered with credit card issuers Credit Saison and Orient Corporation to test NFC on HTC Android smartphones equipped with a SIM+antenna solution and mobile wallet software. More

    NTT Docomo to switch to NFC in 2013?

    NTT Docomo to switch to NFC in 2013?

    November 9th, 2010

    NTT Docomo is set to make the switch to NFC standard technology in 2013, according to a report in Japanese business newspaper Nihon Keizai Shimbun. The mobile network operator currently runs the Osaifu-Keitai mobile wallet… More

    Report: Korean mobile contactless payments market set to take off

    Report: Korean mobile contactless payments market set to take off

    October 1st, 2010

    A new report from financial services analysts Celent forecasts that the mobile contactless payments market in South Korea is set to grow at an average compound annual growth rate of some 50%. Mobile Contactless Payments… More

    First Data to offer turnkey NFC service to US banks from early 2011

    September 17th, 2010

    The payments processing giant has signed a deal with Korea’s SK C&C, responsible for the technology behind SK Telecom’s mobile contactless payments service, and will begin offering a turnkey NFC payments service to US banks from the first quarter of 2011. More

    KDDI, Softbank Mobile and SK Telecom to introduce NFC standard services in Japan and Korea

    July 15th, 2010

    The three mobile network operators are to move away from the non-NFC mobile contactless technologies they currently support in favour of an NFC standard solution. More

    One of the players must take on the risk before NFC can succeed, says founder of Japanese mobile wallet

    One of the players must take on the risk before NFC can succeed, says founder of Japanese mobile wallet

    January 21st, 2010

    Carl Atsushi Hirano, the driving force behind the introduction five years ago of Japan’s Osaïfu Keitai mobile wallet service, has set out his thinking on what was required to make the service a success and what it will take to successfully introduce NFC services in other countries. More

    GSMA calls for mass market NFC handsets by mid-2009

    GSMA calls for mass market NFC handsets by mid-2009

    November 19th, 2008

    The mobile industry association has finalised its device requirements for NFC handsets and called on manufacturers to put phones incorporating the Single Wire Protocol interface into consumers’ hands by the middle of next year. More

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