On Thursday, Orange, a mobile operator in France with over 27 million subscribers, and Gemalto, a provider of digital security, announced a large-scale rollout of a SIM-based NFC service to enable NFC-readiness for mass deployment of mobile contactless services.
With this deployment, Orange (Paris) is pursuing the implementation of a NFC infrastructure on a national level that enables service providers to come onboard and massively deploy mobile contactless services.
The UpTeq NFC high-end SIM offers the same security level as chip-based payment or smart cards, says Orange. The SIM offers service providers such as banks, transport operators or retailers a secure and scalable service to deploy mobile payment services to end users. The solution allows a service provider to manage its own security domain in the card and to load, personalize and update its related NFC applications remotely over time.
Service providers will have a secure space on the SIM card to manage and update their end customers’ personal data, as within a vault. Orange subscribers will be able to download, activate and use NFC services on their phone in a protected environment, says the company. They will be able to access an expandable wallet of new NFC applications for payments, transportation, ticketing and loyalty programs.