Informa: 630 million NFC handsets by 2015
Informa expects a modest growth of the mobile NFC market for the next two years but this will change as many of the leading players introduce NFC-enabled handsets, spurred to enter the market by fear of Apple’s and Google’s ambitions in the sector. The analysts firm anticipates that Android will account for the largest number of NFC handset shipments from 2012 onwards and over 75% of NFC handsets are anticipated to be smartphones by 2015.
According to this study, the total value of the transactions from mobile NFC payments is expected to grow from around US$ 2.4 billion (EUR 1.8 billion) in 2011 to over US$ 71 billion (EUR 53.7 billion) by 2015. Currently over 90% is generated in Asia Pacific (mostly Japan and South Korea) but this share will drop to around 40% by 2015 as Western Europe and North America start to see strong adoption of mobile NFC services.
The study includes global and regional forecasts to 2015 for mobile NFC users, usage, transaction value and for NFC handset shipments.