A new report from Juniper Research says one in five smartphones will support near-field communication (NFC) technology by 2014. According to the analyst, there will be almost 300 million NFC-enabled smartphones in three years' time. The prediction comes despite the technology still facing hurdles for mass adoption, according to IT PRO.
Major carriers have shown interest in NFC technology. AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon will conduct a trial of a mobile payment system that leverages NFC technology in Salt Lake City next year. Apple, Google and RIM are also spurring NFC technology forward with their respective efforts.
Services in early adopter countries are expected to fuel growth over the next year. Mobile operators in France are expected to sell 1 million NFC devices this year. However, North America is expected to lead the charge come 2014. The region has been forecast to account for half of the NFC smartphones in use in 2014 with Western Europe following closely behind, says Mobile Today.