OT (Oberthur Technologies) has teamed up with AFSCM (Association Française du Sans Contact Mobile) to introduce NFC services in France with three mobile operators, Bouygues Telecom, Orange and SFR.
AFSCM as well as three French mobile operators will establish a common hub to enable the launch of NFC services in France. OT is acting as the sole provider for the deployment and management of the hub.
The initiative has been started considering that nearly 11.5 million French users have an NFC compatible device as of June 2016, with a growth of 47.1% compared to last year.
The NFC service will enable French users to benefit from secured digital cards in their smartphones that will become an all-in-one tool to transit, or to pay simply by tapping them in front of a contactless terminal.
These digital cards will be stored in secured NFC SIM cards. All the NFC services will be offered through a single interface deployed and managed by OT.
OT managing director of the mobile networks operators business Pierre Barrial said: “OT is delighted to have been chosen by AFSCM, Bouygues Telecom, Orange and SFR since it is a very significant recognition of OT’s expertise in NFC and a fantastic opportunity for OT to be part of this new project led by AFSCM, a world first in terms of approach to the NFC ecosystem.
“AFSCM has adopted a very pragmatic approach in order to simplify the ecosystem: a single and consistent architecture shared by all MNOs to optimize the go-to-market for NFC services.”