French Telcos Delay National NFC Rollouts; Vendors Blamed, in Part, for Interoperability Problems

NFC Times Exclusive: French mobile operators are delaying their nationwide rollout, citing interoperability problems between TSMs and SIMs provided by different vendors, among other issues, NFC Times has learned.

The French telcos, led by Orange, were planning a launch this fall with two banks. While France-based Orange Group’s top NFC official, Thierry Millet, said he believes there could be some services launched nationally in France at the beginning of 2014, he acknowledged that the launch is delayed for about six months.

“The critical mass on the market with several national launches, it’s going to be 2014,” Millet told NFC Times. “We had hoped we could see that trend for this year. The fact is, it’s going to be six months later. 

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