In its latest analysis of the Near Field Communications market, ABI Research forecasts that by 2012, some 292 million handsets - over 20 percent of the global handset market - will ship with built-in NFC capabilities. 2007 will be critical for NFC technology as key standards and operator trials complete the foundations for the first real deployments.
But early enthusiasm for NFC adoption in handsets–fueled by its functionality and flexibility–has been tempered by the complexity of the ecosystem required to support multiple, revenue-generating NFC applications. ABI research believes that NFC will not become widely available in the handset market until wireless operations are confident they will see a clear return from specifying NFC in their latest handsets
to Daily News