France-based Oberthur Technologies has won a key contract to serve as trusted service manager for France Telecom-Orange group, but lost a TSM contract with big French bank BNP Paribas, NFC Times has learned.
The Orange TSM contract is groupwide, but is focused for now on Poland and Spain, where the telco plans to launch NFC service this year. The contract will not involve Orange’s two largest markets of France and the United Kingdom this year, since these Orange operators already have TSM contracts with other providers, Gemalto and Orange Business Services, respectively.
As NFC Times reported last July, Orange issued a request for proposal for the groupwide TSM contract last summer, in which it said it was also targeting Romania as one of its “first potential” markets for NFC rollouts, along with Poland and Spain.
That is in addition to France and the UK, where Orange has already launched small NFC rollouts. TSM contracts in those markets are expected to expire around the end of this year.