Android to account for bulk of NFC handset shipments, says report

Staff writer
30 Sep 2011


Sales of NFC-enabled devices are expected to accelerate from 2013 onwards, with the availability of a larger range of mobile NFC handsets and an improved contactless POS infrastructure, according to a report.


The report from Informa Telecoms & Media also said total NFC handset shipments are expected to grow from almost More than600 million NFC handsets to drive transactions worth $71 billion by 201544 million in 2011 to over 630 million in 2015, representing 40% of all new handsets, up from 3.5% at present.


“We expect a modest growth of the mobile NFC market for the next two years but this will change as  many of the leading players introduce NFC-enabled handsets, spurred to enter the market by fear of Apple’s and Google’s ambitions in the sector. Google has already played its hand, overshadowing moves by carriers in its home territory, the US. Apple is still waiting in the wings, leaving everyone guessing,” said Guillermo Escofet, senior analyst at Informa Telecoms & Media.


In addition, growth will be driven by the various user cases for mobile NFC (tagging/sharing, access controls, coupons, loyalty cards, information, ticketing and local payments). The availability of NFC handsets will depend on the speed of deployment of NFC-enabled POS infrastructure, the handset vendors’ perception of the scale of the commitment to the market from the mobile operators, and the financial services and retail sectors.


The report further said the total value of the transactions from mobile NFC payments is expected to grow from around $2.4 billion in 2011 to over $71 billion by 2015. Currently over 90% is generated in Asia Pacific (mostly Japan and South Korea) but this share will drop to around 40% by 2015 as Western Europe and North America start to see strong adoption of mobile NFC services.


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