Major mobile operators set up Japanese NFC consortium

21 Dec 2011

Japan’s big three mobile network operators – NTT DoCoMo, KDDI Corp (au) and Softbank Mobile – have established the Japan Mobile NFC Consortiu¬m to coordinate and plan the adoption of international standards for near field communication (NFC) technology in their handsets and services. The cellcos already utilise an indigenous mobile payment service – Osaifu-Keitai, which is based on a contactless-IC smartcard, dubbed FeliCa. However, given that other markets are adopting differing standards for NFC services, Japan is now looking to widen its base to ensure compatibility with Type A and Type B NFC standards used elsewhere.

Japan, KDDI (au), NTT DOCOMO, SoftBank Corp