Turkcell and Huawei select NXP technology to launch first NFC-enabled smartphone in Turkey

2nd September 2011
Posted By : ES Admin
Turkcell and Huawei select NXP technology to launch first NFC-enabled smartphone in Turkey
NXP Semiconductors N.V. has announced that Turkcell the leading communications and technology company in Turkey, has selected the PN544 near field communication (NFC) radio chip for Turkcell’s recently launched T20 smartphone. The T20 handset, manufactured by Huawei, is one of the world’s first commercially available low-cost Android NFC-enabled smartphones. This NFC-enabled mobile phone will allow consumers to perform a variety of secure contactless transactions from convenient payments, data sharing, public transport, event ticketing and access control, while providing a secure, flexible and interoperable canvass to create the next experience in mobile-on-the-go.
T20 smartphone brings ‘mobile wallet’ to Turkish consumers

The Turkcell T20 is already pre-loaded with Turkcell Cep-T Cüzdan; a mobile wallet service from Turkcell developed by Turkcell Technology on Gingerbread 2.3.3 OS. Via the NFC-enabled phone, consumers can transform their physical wallet into a mobile one and provide an easy to use and secure mobile transaction environment for all the daily needs of Turkcell's subscribers. Cep-T Cüzdan subscribers can also benefit from the discovery screen in the UI that allows them to know which cards they can include in their mobile wallet.

Offering secure data storage, payment and transaction, the T20 handset uses a secure element in the SIM card, which is connected to NXP’s NFC chip, PN544, via the single wire protocol (SWP). The resulting NFC solution enables secure wireless two-way communication between the T20 Smartphone and other phones, terminals or readers. NXP provides a fully compliant end-to-end NFC platform for handset manufacturers and operators enabling next generation NFC devices and services. Complementing the secure NFC solutions, NXP offers a complete open source software stack for NFC which is fully integrated and validated on the Gingerbread Android™ platform.

“NFC technology is instrumental in helping us to achieve our ambition of increasing the penetration of mobile contactless innovations in the Turkish market,” said Cenk Bayrakdar, Chief New Technology Business Officer, Turkcell. “Working with NXP, we were able to build a feature-rich, interactive and flexible mobile wallet solution through the open source Android platform. This is our first commercial smartphone developed on Gingerbread 2.3.3 OS and we are extremely pleased to be first to market with this innovation in Turkey.”

NFC offers a truly exciting technology that will enhance every aspect of the mobile experience for consumers. Working with NXP, we are able to quickly bring to market the latest NFC enabled handsets and mobile devices on a global scale while maintaining low implementation and development costs,” said Anıl Öztekin, Turkcell Sales Director, Huawei Turkey Terminal Department.

NXP co-invented NFC with the aim of putting the mobile phone at the centre of the consumer's world – the launch of the T20 is a significant achievement and truly supports our ambition to enable more and more NFC-based services around the world,” said Jeff Miles, vice president, mobile transactions, NXP Semiconductors. “We have created secure NFC solutions that can support a variety of mobile wallet applications to help mobile handset manufacturers, banks, retailers and network operators offer new services to diversify their business and provide added value to customers.”

NXP has demonstrated that customers can now build secure NFC-enabled mobile wallets using an embedded secure element, secure element in the SIM, or micro-SD based secure element. The company offers secure and flexible solutions for all configurations and use cases.

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