Makes it possible to test NFC apps in a live controlled environment.
The veteran mobile billing specialist is setting its sights on being a Trusted Service Manager (TSM) in the coming NFC payments space.
This means it would act as an intermediary between wallet providers who want their apps to sit inside the secure element in a SIM card, and the operators that own those SIMs.
The SDK will move its agenda forward. It lets selected partners remotely deploy, update and delete applications, while maintaining the same security level as in a real-life implementation through a standards-based TSM platform.
Richard Anell, head of IPX at Ericsson, said: "We are making this development kit available to selected partners because service providers need to take their applications from the lab and PowerPoint stage to the next level. The development kit provides a true-to-life setting, not a simulation and is exactly how it would work in a commercial environment.
"Analysts agree that in the coming years we will see exponential growth of NFC services as more and more NFC handsets become available, and operators invest in the required infrastructure. But to gain true momentum the applications must be tested, refined and optimized with consumers prior to commercial roll-out."