The SIMalliance group has come up with new insights on the SIM market. The new research also focuses on NFC-enabled SIM cards which are key to the future of NFC based mobile payments.
Here are some notable facts that have emerged:
> In the North American region, advances in secure element (SE) based NFC deployments, including successful initiatives in Canada, resulted in NFC-enabled SIM volumes rising by 92%.
> Globally, the growth trend for NFC-enabled SIM shipments, which has now been evident over the past four years, continued throughout 2014, as units soared by 69% from 78 million in 2013 to 132 million units.
> For the first time, North America outperformed Japan/Korea and became the strongest NFC SIM market in 2014, with shipments jumping 92% to 46 million.
> Demand for NFC SIMs surged in Europe; units shipped rose by 85% to 26 million.
> Berg Insight estimates place the number of NFC-ready Point of Sale (POS) terminals that were shipped last year at 9.5 million.
Here is the infographic with in-depth insights from the research: