too slow for transport ticketing?
"Our feeling was the readiness for SWP on devices was not there yet."
The rumour mill (could be untrue) was suggesting that during testing the SIM based secure elements connected to the NFC modem over one-wire protocol were just not quick enough, with transactions taking over 650ms.
That is far too slow for use in Transport systems, where 250ms is generally accepted as the desired transaction time, so that people can get through gates while still walking.
Together with the ongoing debate on chicken and egg, and finding a business model suitable for all collaborators could well have given Nokia "concern with regards to the timing with other elements to make NFC a success,"
In light of this, and China Mobile's tangential activities, we still reckon that the widespread adoption of mass-market consumer NFC handsets is still very much an "if" not a "when" for the time being, and are proceeding with faster alternative technologies for mobile ticketing that work on existing handsets without modification (especially now that mobile barcode is faster than 250ms). http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/01/19/nfc_forum_video/