NTT DoCoMo to Enhance the NFC Experience in Japan with Gemalto

Gemalto, which provides popular digital security services, recently announced that NTT DoCoMo has opted for its mobile NFC services. NTT DoCoMo is the No. 1 mobile operator in Japan, with more than 63 million subscribers. Gemalto will be providing NTT DoCoMo with two different kinds of services providing end-to-end solutions.

NTT DoCoMo will be getting Gemalto’s Allynis Trusted Service Management (TSM) service and its UpTeq NFC UICC embedding for both SIM and contactless applications, which together will help the Japanese operator develop contactless services such as mobile payments, loyalty programs, e-ticketing and access control. Gemalto’s offerings will help NTT DoCoMo attain a higher level of security for NFC deployments and effectively manage sensitive data.

Gemalto’s UpTeq NFC UICC provides scalable management capacity. It is ideal for enabling NFC phones to access services with faster processing and in a more secure manner.

Japan has the world’s largest contactless infrastructure, so end consumers are already familiar with waving their mobile phone to enjoy contactless services, said Michael Au, president of South Asia and Japan at Gemalto. The NFC functionality builds on the UpTeq LTE card that NTT DoCoMo has already started to seed the market with, and will enable them to offer their customers an enhanced NFC experience.

NTT DoCoMo has already unveiled some prominent initiatives regarding mobile payments. Last year, the operator and MasterCard unveiled ID/PayPass – branded payments via DoCoMo’s ID mobile credit payment system. Payment with ID/PayPass was made available to DoCoMo subscribers who used smartphones equipped with an NFC contactless chip. The ID/PayPass payment feature uses PayPal technology deployed by MasterCard via contactless IC chips. NTT DoCoMo has also founded a mobile wallet service in Japan, called Osaifu-Keitai. Expect the company to look to use Gemalto’s technology to expand the service.

Gemalto is also making waves in the area of mobile payments through its mobile NFC services. Earlier this year, China Telecom used Gemalto’s UpTeq Multi Tenant NFC SIM to commercially roll out contactless services. China Telecom also uses Gemalto’s LTE management software embedded in the SIM to provide NFC services to subscribers. Earlier this year, Jetco, an ATM network, opted for Gemalto’s LinqUs TSM software platform to deploy NFC payment services across Hong Kong and Macau.

Gemalto is making waves in Asia. Expansion into such prominent markets has helped it increase its revenue, which hit €2.4 billion in 2013.