Gemalto’s NFC Services Selected By Japanese Mobile Operator

A mobile operator in Japan that can boast over 63 million subscribers has chosen digital security provider Gemalto for its NFC offering. The operator, NTT DOCOMO, will be receiving an end to end solution comprised of Gemalto’s Allynis Trusted Service Management service and the UpTeq NFC UICC.

Gemalto and NTT DOCOMO have had a longstanding partnership. In 2010 the security provider aided the mobile operator with its LTE connectivity. According to Gemalto, this new collaboration only reinforces the relationship between both parties.

Michael Au, president South Asia and Japan at Gemalto expands on NTT DOCOMO’s selection: “Japan has the world’s largest contactless infrastructure so end consumers are already familiar to waving their mobile phone to enjoy contactless services. The NFC functionality builds on the UpTeq LTE card that NTT DOCOMO has already started to seed the market with, and will enable them to offer their customers an enhanced NFC experience.”

With the launch of the resulting solution, new secure and convenient opportunities will be available to NTT DOCOMO customers. Mobile payments, loyalty programs, e-ticketing and access control are all on the table with this NFC technology deployment. Gemalto’s UpTeq NFC UICC is scalable and offers post-issuance management capability, allowing for fast processing security.

This time last year, Mobile ID World reported on a biometric smartphone launched by NTT DOCOMO. Featuring a biometric sensor from Fingerprint Cards AB, the Disney-themed Fujitsu F-07E Android smartphone was the first to feature FPC swipe sensor technology.