Japanese Ops Form NFC Consortium

Docomo, KDDI and SoftBank establish consortium to promote NFC services compatible with multiple international standards

December 21, 2011

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TOKYO -- NTT DOCOMO, INC., KDDI CORPORATION and SOFTBANK MOBILE Corp. announced today their establishment of Japan Mobile NFC Consortium to coordinate the adoption of multiple international standards for near field communication (NFC) technologies incorporated in their mobile devices and services.

Japan’s three mobile operators already offer Osaifu- Keitai (wallet phone) mobile services based on the contactless-IC smartcard called FeliCa. Overseas, however, mobile operators and service providers are increasingly adopting Type A and Type B standards to develop growing markets for NFC services. In view of this worldwide trend, the consortium intends to work with mobile industry groups in Japan, including service suppliers and handset manufacturers, to incorporate compatibility with the Type A and B standards in the Japanese mobile ecosystem.

KDDI Corp.

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