Orange unveils SIM-based NFC contactless payment plans

28 Jun 2012

Orange France, the country’s largest mobile operator by subscribers, has unveiled plans for Europe’s first large-scale rollout of a SIM-based near-field communication (NFC) solution in partnership with Gemalto. The technology paves the way for the nationwide introduction of secure mobile contactless payment services, Orange says, with subscribers able to use their mobile handset for contactless payments at banks, retailers or on transport networks. Thierry Millet, vice president of mobile payments and NFC at Orange, commented: ‘Gemalto’s NFC solution is fully in line with our strategy to simplify and secure the use of mobile contactless services. We are committed to equipping our customers with NFC SIM cards and handsets. We are delighted to achieve a new landmark with this nationwide rollout towards our subscribers in France.’

France, Orange France