30 September 2016
Find out more

France gears up for mobile NFC services

07 February 2013  |  6628 views  |  0 NFC

With more than than 2.5 million Cityzi NFC-enabled handsets now in circulation, France is ready for wide-scale mobile contactless services in 2013, claims an industry association.

In 2008 three French telcos joined forces to develop NFC standards and promote the technology. The Association Française pour le Sans Contact Mobile (AFSCM) quickly grew, bringing on board banks, retailers and technology specialists.

In 2010 the partners' Cityzi initiative saw Nice declared a mobile contactless city, enabling residents to use their NFC-enabled phones to pay at restaurants, supermarkets and local stores, as well as in the city's transport networks.

Nice has been followed by other big cities, such as Strasbourg and Caen, while in mainland France, some 55,000 retailers have terminals that accept mobile phone payments.

Manufacturers are also now coming on board, with Samsung, LG, Sony, HTC, Blackberry, Motorola and Nokia all treating SIM-based NFC technology as a priority, and automatically integrating it into their new products, says the AFSCM.

More than 26 mobile phone models - including best-sellers such as the Samsung Galaxy S3 - are compatible with Cityzi NFC, compared with 14 last year and more than 2.5 million people now have one of the handsets.

Thibault de Dreuille, MD, AFSCM, says: "The work being done by mobile phone operators in France has established the right conditions for NFC success nationally. That puts us in an excellent position for the optimal launch of Cityzi NFC mobile phone services, such as payment and transport, in 2013."
KeywordsEFTPOS

Comments: (0)

Comment on this story (membership required)

Finextra news in your inbox

For Finextra's free daily newsletter, breaking news flashes and weekly jobs board: sign up now

Related stories

Bank cards on buses will save Londoners time and money - MasterCard

Bank cards on buses will save Londoners time and money - MasterCard

13 December 2012  |  9795 views  |  8 comments | 10 tweets | 3 linkedin
Lack of retailer support hindering UK contactless take up - ICM

Lack of retailer support hindering UK contactless take up - ICM

11 December 2012  |  7547 views  |  4 comments | 9 tweets | 2 linkedin
China Unicom launches NFC mobile wallet in Shanghai

China Unicom launches NFC mobile wallet in Shanghai

28 November 2012  |  5900 views  |  0 comments | 7 tweets | 2 linkedin
NFC plays second fiddle to advertising in UK mobile consortium plans

NFC plays second fiddle to advertising in UK mobile consortium plans

29 October 2012  |  8263 views  |  2 comments | 5 tweets | 2 linkedin
Telecom Italia and Intesa Sanpaolo begin Milan mobile NFC pilot

Telecom Italia and Intesa Sanpaolo begin Milan mobile NFC pilot

25 October 2012  |  11942 views  |  0 comments | 8 tweets | 3 linkedin
Orange begins France-wide NFC SIM roll-out

Orange begins France-wide NFC SIM roll-out

28 June 2012  |  7475 views  |  1 comments
Visa Europe preps V.me digital wallet for autumn launch

Visa Europe preps V.me digital wallet for autumn launch

30 April 2012  |  10647 views  |  0 comments
Nice turns into mobile contactless city

Nice turns into mobile contactless city

21 May 2010  |  10365 views  |  0 comments
BNP Paribas and Oberthur to turn Nice into NFC city

BNP Paribas and Oberthur to turn Nice into NFC city

18 November 2009  |  8817 views  |  0 comments | 1 tweets

Related blogs

Create a blog about this story (membership required)
Find out moreVisit VocaLink.comVisit capgemini.com

Top topics

Most viewed Most shared
RBS tests demonstrate ability of Ethereum to support a national domestic payments systemRBS tests demonstrate ability of Ethereum...
14563 views comments | 55 tweets | 48 linkedin
Ripple rudely gatecrashes Sibos partyRipple rudely gatecrashes Sibos party
10099 views comments | 31 tweets | 30 linkedin
Swift beware: Ripple signs banks to global payments steering groupSwift beware: Ripple signs banks to global...
9181 views comments | 33 tweets | 18 linkedin
BNP Paribas is working with clients on blockchain deploymentBNP Paribas is working with clients on blo...
7551 views comments | 14 tweets | 30 linkedin
US gets same day ACHUS gets same day ACH
7048 views comments | 23 tweets | 20 linkedin

Featured job

Find your next job