Gemalto, a provider of digital security, is selected by SOFTBANK MOBILE for the latest mobile contactless payment trial in Japan. SOFTBANK MOBILE is a mobile operator in Japan with 21-million subscribers. The program is the first in Asia to enable secure mobile Near Field Communication (NFC) transactions from a choice of different credit card accounts. The pilot is expected to roll out in the first quarter of 2011.
SOFTBANK MOBILE customers will be able to use their mobile phone for contactless payments in convenience stores, fast-food restaurants and theaters. The program also offers users the option to perform NFC transactions from two credit card issuers. This is made possible by embedding multiple applications in the secure UICC.
For this program, Gemalto will provide a turnkey NFC solution. Gemalto's services allow for the secure deployment and management of contactless mobile payment. The solution enables users to turn a conventional handset into an NFC-enabled mobile phone without any change to the device.
“Gemalto's end-to-end solution brings the simplicity and convenience of NFC, while ensuring interoperability across business partners in Japan and beyond,” said Naoki Kinoshita, GM, SOFTBANK MOBILE.