Japanese telecom consortium encourages switch to NFC standards

Japan’s top three telecommunications companies, NTT Docomo, KDDI au and SoftBank Mobile, have set up a Japan Mobile NFC Consortium, designed to encourage mobile payments coordinators to switch to the global Type A and Type B NFC standards. Mobile payments, using Nippon’s “Osaifu Keitai” (“Portable Wallet”) system, are commonplace in the world’s seventh biggest mobile market. But as Osaifu Keitai only works with Sony’s FeliCa RFID smart card technology and isn’t compatible with the Type A and B NFC standards, Japanese handsets incorporating it can’t sell their devices abroad.

Japanese business newspaper The Nikkei reports that Type A and B NFC standards will be available in some handsets sold in Japan at the end of next year.

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