Orange and China Mobile have signed a memorandum of understanding with the goal to accelerate the commercialization of NFC-based services by integrating standardized technical protocols into their respective service offerings. The two companies will work together to ensure 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. In addition, the cooperation also includes the development of standardized 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.
Commenting on the news, Orange’s Vice President of Mobile Payment and Contactless solutions Thierry Millet said: “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. 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.”
The fact that such two large players as Orange and China Mobile are teaming-up on NFC tells us one more time there’s a bright future for NFC-based services…