One in five smartphones will feature Near Field Communications (NFC) within the next three years, according to Juniper Research. NFC, which enables among other things mobile payments, looks set to gather pace over the next three years, with one in five smartphones expected to feature the technology by 2014.
So claims research by Juniper Research that predicts there will be almost 300 million NFC-enabled smartphones in use in three years’ time. Services in early adopter countries over the next year or so will help fuel this growth, according to the research firm. North America will lead the charge come 2014 with half of all NFC smartphones, and Western Europe will take second place.
“Juniper’s market analysis highlighted that, although there are still hurdles ahead, NFC prospects have been boosted by the succession of mobile operator and device vendor announcements,” said Howard Wilcox, NFC retail marketing and mobile payments report author.
“France is a case in point where operators expect to sell one million NFC devices this year.”