NFC set for take off in the Gulf

OPINION: The past fortnight has seen announcements of new NFC services from banks and operators in both Dubai and Kuwait.

In Dubai, Etisalat has partnered with Emirates NBD for a new service expected to launch commercially during the first half of 2010. And, in Kuwait, Zain has partnered with National Bank for a six month pilot due to start later this month.

In May, Dubai First and telecoms operator Du announced plans for a commercial launch of NFC services by the end of this year. The Gulf region is going to be an area to keep a close eye on in the months to come…

Sarah Clark, Editor

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