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For over a decade the SIMalliance has been supporting the creation, deployment and management of secure mobile services across the globe. A non-profit trade association, the SIMalliance is working in partnership with members and the wider mobile community to anticipate and address the security, identity and mobility challenges of an increasingly converged internet.

SIMalliance members are Eastcompeace, Fundamenture, Gemalto, Giesecke & Devrient, Incard, KONA I, Morpho, Oasis Smart SIM, Oberthur Technologies, Valid, Watchdata and Wuhan Tianyu.  SIMalliance Strategic Partners are Comprion, Linxens and Movenda. 

23 June 2014 - Following the recent publication of the Consult Hyperion/GSMA discussion paper ‘HCE and SIM Secure Element: It’s Not Black and White’, SIMalliance highlights that future growth of the NFC ecosystem and NFC-based applications, resulting from host card emulation (HCE), is likely to expedite SIM-based NFC payment deployments and create opportunities for mobile network operators (MNOs) to address security and authentication gaps in HCE.

Frédéric Vasnier, SIMalliance Chairman, comments: “SIMalliance recognises that a future NFC landscape will consist of HCE and SE-based models, together with hybrid deployment models. Importantly, there is consensus within our membership that this is a real opportunity for growth in the SE market, for a number of reasons.

“Firstly, HCE promises to drive forward mass adoption of NFC services as it offers a speedier route to market and makes NFC more accessible and versatile to developers; as consumer familiarity increases, demand for NFC SIM-based services will also grow. Secondly, the SE is the most likely route to market for payment service providers who want to achieve an early mover status in the NFC payment space, because of the established global infrastructure. And finally, even when a payment service provider opts for a HCE-tokenisation approach to NFC payments, there is still a valuable role for the SIM to play.

“In summary, there is significant potential for HCE to drive growth across the entire NFC market and if that market consists of both HCE and SE-based NFC deployments, then that is certainly good news for the whole ecosystem.”


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