OT (Oberthur Technologies) has partnership with French NFC trade association, AFSCM to roll out NFC Services in France with the 3 major mobile operators, Bouygues Telecom, Orange and SFR.
11.5 million French users have an NFC compatible device (in June 2016), marking a growth of 47.1% compared to last year. The strong growth had led to AFSCM and mobile operators in the country to decide on building a common hub to enable the massive launch of NFC services in France. OT is the sole provider for the deployment and management of this hub.
OT said that French end-users will benefit from secured digital cards in their smartphones that will become an all-in-one tool to transit, as local and national transports tickets and subscriptions are digitized in the smartphone, or to pay simply by waving them in front of a contactless terminal.
Many other services can use NFC technology such as corporate or event access control, city services (car parks, libraries, swimming pools, etc.) and digital keys amongst others. These digital cards will be stored in highly secured NFC SIM cards.