First European NFC-enabled SIM card launched

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Orange France announces distribution of secure SIMs with technology to allow consumers to use NFC services on their mobiles

The first wide-scale roll-out of SIM cards featuring NFC technology has been announced by Orange France to help the deployment of mobile payments and other services through the network.

Produced in association with digital security firm Gemalto, the new SIM cards have the same security level as chip-based payment or smart cards and will offer banks, transport operators and retailers a variety of payment options and services for their customers.

“Gemalto is the first supplier we’re working with for the deployment of NFC SIM cards at a national level,” said Orange vice president of mobile payments and NFC Thierry Millet.

“Gemalto’s NFC solution is fully in line with our strategy to simplify and secure the use of mobile contactless services. We are committed to equipping our customers with NFC SIM cards and handsets. We are delighted to achieve a new landmark with this nationwide rollout towards our subscribers in France.”

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