Japan's leading mobile-network carrier KDDI Corp. is conducting a Near Field Communication pilot.

The internal test, which launched in May, is scheduled to last through December and involves workers from the carrier and participating service providers. “We do not have any plan for public testing,” says KDDI spokesperson Keiichi Tanaka.

The purpose of the pilot is to explore the various NFC services available through contactless technology-based mobile phones, including e-ticketing, transportation services and e-driver’s licenses, according to KDDI.

Participating service providers include Toyota Motor Corp., Toppan Printing Co. Ltd., Toshiba Corp. and Toho Cinemas Ltd.

KDDI is providing pilot participants a specially designed NFC phone, Tanaka says. “We designed the test phone based on Toshiba's Biblio model with an multiapplication contactless [chip] card developed in accordance with the ISO/IEC 14443 standard,” he tells PaymentsSource.

Toshiba and France-based technology company Gemalto NV developed the NFC card.

KDDI, which operates a 3G network within Japan, has more than 31 million registered customers.


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