NFC-ready POS terminals to reach 16.1 million in 2016

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According to new research from Berg Insight, the market for NFC-ready POS terminals continues to show strong momentum in 2016 with annual shipments anticipated to reach an estimated 16.1 million units worldwide.

NFC ready POS and mPOS terminals
Installed base of NFC ready POS and mPOS terminals

The attach rate for NFC was highest in EU28+2 and North America, where 93% and 92% respectively of the POS terminals shipped featured NFC. NFC was also a very popular feature in many other major markets worldwide, including Brazil, Turkey and China.

On a global basis, almost three out of every five POS terminals shipped in 2016 included NFC. Berg Insight projects the global installed base of NFC-ready POS terminals will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17.9% from 45.0 million units in 2016 to 86.9 million units in 2020.

As a result, more than 77% of the world’s POS terminals will be NFC-ready in 2020, up from 46% in 2016. While the installed base of NFC-ready POS terminals has grown quickly, the contactless technology has in many cases not been activated.

This is now changing and Berg Insight estimates that approximately 15.0 million POS terminals accepted contactless payments with Visa payWave, MasterCard PayPass or UnionPay Quickpass in mid-2016.

“The mPOS terminal market is growing faster than the traditional POS terminal segment and there are more than 80 vendors active on the global market today,” explains Johan Fagerberg, Senior Analyst at Berg Insight.

mPoS is the use of consumer-oriented mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones that function as a point-of-sale terminal to facilitate payment card transactions through a connection to a card-accepting reader.

The attach rate for NFC in the mPOS segment is anticipated to reach 45% in 2016 as NFC-ready mPOS terminal shipments reach 8.2 million units.

Berg Insight forecasts that global shipments of NFC-ready mPOS terminals will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 41.0% in the next four years to reach 32.4 million units by 2020.

“The growth is driven by the increase in mPOS terminal shipments from 18.0 million units in 2016 to 42.3 million units in 2020, as well as by a growth in the attach rate from 45 percent to 77 percent,” concludes Fagerberg.