NTT Docomo Inc, KDDI Corp and Softbank Mobile Corp announced that they have established the "Mobile Non-contact IC Service Promotion Council."
The aim of the council is to create an environment for making payment with smartphones that support both ISO/IEC 14443 Type A/B and FeliCa and are expected to be released by mobile carriers in 2012.
Currently, FeliCa-based services are the mainstream non-contact mobile payment services in Japan. But it is expected that Type A/B-based payment services will spread in Japan.
The council has two goals. One is to enhance convenience by creating an environment where users can use various services without paying attention to the differences among non-contact communication technologies in and outside Japan.
The other goal is to establish common specifications and operation systems for Japan-based mobile carriers so that costs can be reduced for users and services can be quickly launched. The three companies intend to encourage the providers of non-contact mobile payment services and makers to join the council.