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    News about the NFC market in China — trials, pilots, tests and live services.

    Mastercard planning to become a PSP in China

    July 25th, 2016

    Mastercard is planning to apply to become a payment service provider (PSP) in China this year but is still deciding whether to do so alone or with a partner, according to Reuters. “China in June allowed foreign payment card companies to operate in the country under new rules,” the publication reports. “Under the rules, China’s national security and cyber security standards must be met. Applicants must also hold 1 billion yuan (US$150m) in registered capital in a local company.”

    PBOC working to regulate QR code mobile payments in China

    July 25th, 2016

    People’s Bank of China (PBOC) is working to create a system for regulating QR code mobile payments in the country, after it suspended QR code-based services run by third-party payment providers in March 2014. “Payment providers including Alipay and Tenpay, along with a number of commercial banks, have continued marketing their QR code payment services,” Caixin reports. “A source close to the central bank said that the 2014 ban was put in place because there were no rules or standards for third party QR code payment services.” PBOC also moved to open up Chinese mobile payment services in August 2015.

    Apple Pay adds 13 US banks

    July 20th, 2016

    Apple has added a further 13 banks and credit unions to its list of Apple Pay supporting financial institutions in the US. “The system now supports over 1,200 individual banks and credit unions in the US alone,” iMore reports. “This is in addition to the more than 30 financial institutions supported across Australia, Canada, China, Singapore and the UK.” The mobile payment service launched in France earlier this week as well as in Hong Kong.

    Alibaba unveils connected car with Alipay mobile payments

    July 19th, 2016

    Chinese internet giant Alibaba has unveiled a new “internet car” that will let drivers make mobile payments from their seat using affiliate company Ant Financial’s Alipay mobile payment platform. More

    Samsung Pay to launch in Brazil this month

    July 15th, 2016

    Samsung Pay will begin rolling out across Brazil on July 19, Samsung has confirmed, making it the first market in South America to introduce the mobile payment service. It will be supported by both MasterCard and Visa as well as Banco do Brasil, Brasil Pré-Pagos, Caixa, Porto Seguro, and Santander. More

    Starbucks launches mobile payments in China

    July 13th, 2016

    Customers at Starbucks stores in China will now be able to pay for their order using their mobile phone and the coffee giant’s QR code-based mobile payment service which has now been launched in 2,200 locations across the country. More

    Samsung Pay launches in Puerto Rico

    July 13th, 2016

    Samsung Pay has gone live in Puerto Rico with support from Banco Popular, the country’s largest bank. The service is supported by MasterCard and Visa and is available from mobile network operators AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Claro. More

    Swatch Bellamy launches in Brazil in time for Rio 2016

    July 7th, 2016

    Swiss luxury watchmaker Swatch has launched its Swatch Bellamy NFC payments watch in Brazil in partnership with Visa in time for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.  More

    Starwood expands keyless entry to hotels worldwide

    June 29th, 2016

    The Bluetooth-based mobile keyless entry solution unveiled by Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide in November 2014 has been extended to select Le Méridien, Westin, Sheraton and Four Points hotels, with “many additional properties” expected to go… More

    UnionPay launches HCE mobile QuickPass in South Korea

    June 28th, 2016

    Bankcard association UnionPay International has launched its host card emulation (HCE) and tokenization based mobile payment service in South Korea, enabling its cardholders to pay by tapping their mobile phones. The launch of UnionPay HCE mobile QuickPass is supported by mobile network operator KT and its subsidiary BCcard. More

    Alipay parent company seeks expansion overseas

    June 20th, 2016

    Alipay parent company Ant Financial is seeking to buy a 20% stake in Thai online payment provider Ascend Money and to increase its stake to 30% at a later date. “Ascend’s subsidiaries include True Money, an online payment service provider, and Ascend Nano, a licensed financial services provider,” Reuters reports. “Ant Financial, whose Alipay payment platform dominates the online payments industry in China, is looking to expand its presence overseas.”

    Samsung Pay launches in Australia

    June 15th, 2016

    Samsung Pay has launched in Australia with support from American Express and Citibank. The service is available for those with compatible Samsung smartphones, with specific availability varying by local operator. More

    Apple Pay to launch in France, Switzerland and Hong Kong and head to the web

    June 13th, 2016

    Apple Pay is expanding to Switzerland, France and Hong Kong in the “next few months” and will be made available for online payments via an Apple Pay button that uses Touch ID for authentication, the company has announced during a keynote at its Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). More

    Samsung Pay to begin rolling out across Singapore in June

    June 10th, 2016

    Samsung Pay is to begin rolling out across Singapore on June 16, making it the first country in Southeast Asia to get the mobile payment service. It will launch with support from American Express, MasterCard and Visa and major banks. More

    China sees rapid growth in proximity mobile payments

    June 7th, 2016

    The number of Chinese consumers making in-store mobile payments more than doubled last year and almost half of all smartphone users in the country will be making proximity mobile payments by 2020, according to research… More

    Tencent to ramp up WeChat Pay in Japan

    June 7th, 2016

    Chinese internet giant Tencent is working to roll out its WeChat Pay mobile payment service to 10,000 Japanese stores by the end of 2016. “WeChat Pay, linked to the popular WeChat messaging app, lets its more than 300m users pay via smartphone at 300,000-plus locations in China,” Nikkei reports. “Only a few Japanese stores have adopted it so far. The plan is to have 20,000 stores in Japan accept WeChat Pay as soon as possible.”

    Mobvoi to add NFC payments to smartwatches in China

    June 6th, 2016

    Owners of Mobvoi’s Ticwatch will soon be able to make NFC payments at contactless terminals across China as the result of a partnership between the smartwatch maker, China UnionPay (CUP) and Oberthur Technologies (OT). More

    Ant Financial takes Alipay to Germany with Concardis

    June 3rd, 2016

    Chinese tourists will soon be able to make payments at 210,000 store locations in Germany serviced by payment provider Concardis using Ant Financial’s Alipay mobile payment platform. The move marks the service’s launch into Europe after the company unveiled its expansion plans at Money20/20 Europe in April 2016. More

    Samsung Pay makes European debut in Spain

    June 3rd, 2016

    Samsung Pay has begun rolling out across Spain, making it the first European market where the mobile payment service is available. The service has launched with support from CaixaBank and ImaginBank and will also be available for customers of Abanca and Banco Sabadell “soon”. More

    Alipay users in China can now make payments through Samsung Pay

    May 20th, 2016

    Alipay users across China will now be able to make in store payments by scanning QR codes through the mobile payment platform using Samsung Pay, as a result of a partnership between Samsung and Alipay… More

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