Mobile operator Orange is postponing its commercial NFC launch by several months, according to CardLine Global.
Orange was going to begin commercial rollout of the service during the first quarter of 2008, but technical problems with the infrastructure among retailers, transit operators and other service providers have set it back.
Last June, Orange France was the first telecommunications company to to launch NFC commercially. Orange plans to enable subscribers to tap their phones for retail payments, to pay for public transportation and other tasks. Industry experts had expected that NFC rollouts could begin around the world by middle of 2008.