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

Alibaba and Ant Financial make “strategic investment” in India’s Paytm

September 29th, 2015

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba and its affiliate Ant Financial are to make a “strategic investment” believed to be worth some US$680m in Indian mobile payment platform Paytm through an agreement with its parent company One97 Communications…. More

Citrus Pay enables in-store mobile payments via gift cards

September 28th, 2015

Indian payment services provider Citrus Pay has announced a partnership with gift card solutions provider Qwikcilver to enable its 17m users to make in-store mobile payments using a gift card or voucher generated in Qwikcilver’s… More

Indian mobile wallet market to reach US$6.6bn by 2020

September 23rd, 2015

India’s mobile wallet market will be worth US$6.6bn by 2020, research from TechSci Research reveals. “The mobile wallet market in India is projected to exhibit exponential growth during the forecast period on account of rising smartphone penetration rate, growing mobile internet user base and increasing government support,” the company says. “Mobile wallet companies operating in India are also offering attractive deals and incentives to attract new users.”

Axis Bank launches mobile wallet that uses sound for in-store payments

September 21st, 2015

India’s Axis Bank has launched Lime, a mobile wallet that combines banking, shopping and payment services and lets customers make in-store purchases using an encrypted audio signal generated by their device. “The pay feature will allow… More

Future Group to launch mobile wallet in India

September 17th, 2015

Indian retail conglomerate Future Group is in the process of launching its own mobile wallet, CEO Kishore Biyani has revealed. “In the next two years, we will have more than 40 wallet companies in the country; there has to be value addition in whatever idea you do. We are also launching our wallet now,” Biyani told visitors to the India Retail Forum (IRF), Business Standard reports.

India biometrics market to grow 35% by 2020

September 1st, 2015

India’s biometrics market is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of over 35% from 2015 through 2020, according to TechSci Research. “Fingerprint biometrics is the largest market segment in terms of revenue contribution, followed by iris and facial recognition,” the company says. “Voice recognition is the fastest growing segment on account of rising application in banking and integration in handheld devices.”

Uber ‘to launch mobile wallet in India’

September 1st, 2015

Taxi service Uber is to introduce its own mobile payment wallet in India, Times of India reports. “At present, consumers can pay for Uber trips via Paytm wallet. It [Uber] recently tied up with Airtel Money to facilitate payments via the latter’s wallet. The latest plan is in line with the firm’s ambition to make India its second biggest market after the US.”

Oxigen Wallet loyalty program partnership

August 28th, 2015

Indian mobile wallet provider Oxigen Wallet has partnered with loyalty program provider PayBack to allow customers to earn PayBack points and redeem them as cash, to make online and bill payments. As well as payments, Oxigen Wallet lets users send and receive money through social network channels, and to and from mobile phone numbers, and is certified by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).

Indian mobile payment provider ToneTag raises $1m

August 11th, 2015

Indian mobile payment provider ToneTag, which enables contactless payments through mobile phones using sound waves or NFC technology, has raised US$1m from Reliance Capital. “ToneTag works on all mobile devices including feature phones and does not require any capital investment in existing infrastructure,” Iamwire reports.

InMobi unveils Miip payment platform

August 10th, 2015

Indian advertising platform InMobi has unveiled Miip, a platform that can be integrated into mobile apps to allow users to make payments through buy buttons on product ads. The company has partnered with “several partners” to pilot the platform, including Amazon and India’s largest mobile wallet provider Paytm. “Miip will be available for all customers over the next few months,” InMobi says.

Ezetap raises $24m for mPOS expansion

August 10th, 2015

Bangalore-based Ezetap has raised Rs150crores (US$23.5m) to expand its mPOS solution of configurable mobile app and card reader that plugs into a merchant’s mobile device. “Ezetap is already activating over 500 new small retail merchants a week and will use some of its funds to increase that by five times in the next few months,” the company says.

Indian banks to test mVisa mobile payments in Bangalore

August 6th, 2015

India’s Axis Bank, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank and State Bank of India (SBI) are to pilot a mobile payment service developed by Visa this summer that will let select customers make in-store, online and bill payments as well as send and receive money using their mobile devices. More

Walmart India signs up for MobiKwik payments

August 6th, 2015

Walmart is the latest retailer to support in-store payments from mobile wallet service MobiKwik in 20 of its Best Price Modern Wholesale stores in India, following WHSmith and India’s largest retailer Big Bazaar. MobiKwik “will allow instant one-tap payments for transactions placed through the Best Price mobile app and … via the MobiKwik wallet on the Walmart Best Price website and in physical stores,” it says.

Ola Cabs to apply for mobile wallet licence

August 4th, 2015

Indian mobile cab hailing service Ola Cabs is reportedly planning to apply for a mobile wallet licence from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). “Ola currently offers Ola Money as a digital payment option on its mobile app using payment technology powered by PayU and ZipCash Card Services,” Livemint reports. “If Ola gets the nod from RBI, it can offer the wallet on its app as well as other apps it plans to launch.”

Three in four consumers interested in using alternatives to passwords online

July 24th, 2015

One in six consumers find usernames and passwords “cumbersome” and 77% are interested in using alternatives to protect their security on the internet, research from Accenture reveals. More than half (58%) say they are interested… More

LivQuick raises $1.6m for mobile wallet

July 22nd, 2015

Mumbai-based LivQuik, the company behind mobile payment service QuikWallet, has raised US$1.6m from existing investor Snow Leopard Ventures to scale its team, technology and merchant base. “Payment options include SMS, NFC, QR codes, mobile applications and POS software,” IndianWeb2 reports. “Currently, it caters to 1,000 merchants. It has around 100,000 users.”

Reserve Bank of India asked to increase mobile wallet limit

July 17th, 2015

One97 Communications, owner of mobile payment platform Paytm, has asked Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to increase the limit on money that can be kept in a mobile wallet to Rs 25,000 (US$393) from Rs 10,000 (US$157). “One97 Communications, which has investment from the Alibaba group, is also building a mobile marketplace and aims to have half a billion Indians on the Paytm platform before 2020,” Times of India reports.

Big Bazaar to accept MobiKwik in 240 stores

July 13th, 2015

India’s largest retailer Big Bazaar has become the latest to support in-store payments from mobile wallet service MobiKwik at more than 240 locations, following in the footsteps of WHSmith India. “In the coming quarter, MobiKwik also plans to extend this partnership to other offline stores under the Future Group umbrella and is expected to total close to 150m transactions annually,” MobiKwik says.

WHSmith India to accept MobiKwik mobile payments in 55 stores

July 10th, 2015

More than 17m users of Indian mobile wallet service MobiKwik will be able to make in-store payments at 55 WHSmith India stationery and book stores, the first time the service has been available for payments… More

India offers tax break for electronic payments?

June 24th, 2015

Merchants in India accepting electronic payments could be offered a tax rebate, a government proposal suggests. Fees for cash handling could increase, meanwhile, as part of an effort to encourage electronic payments, defined as those done “through means of cards, mobile wallets, mobile apps, new banking, Electronic Clearing Service (ECS), National Electronic Fund Transfer (NEFT), Immediate Payment Service (IMPS) or other similar means”.

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