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

Russian commuters get NFC mobile ticketing in Moscow

September 11th, 2015

Subscribers to Russian mobile network operators MegaFon, Beeline and MTS can now pay for travel on public transport in Moscow using their NFC smartphone. The project has been implemented by the Moscow Department of Transport,… More

Qiwi adds HCE payments to mobile wallet

August 24th, 2015

Russian payment services provider Qiwi has integrated Visa payWave technology into its Qiwi Wallet app to enable host card emulation (HCE) payments at any contactless terminal. “Visa Qiwi Wallet account can be topped up in any of more than 100,000 Qiwi kiosks throughout Russia by linking a bank card or from a mobile phone account,” Qiwi says. “The contactless Visa payWave solution is preinstalled in the new version of the e-wallet.”

Alfa-Bank customers get contactless watches to make payments

July 10th, 2015

Customers of Russia’s Alfa-Bank can now use a contactless-enabled watch designed and supplied by Austrian company Watch2Pay to make payments with a tap of their wrist wherever MasterCard PayPass is accepted. “AlfaPay wristwatch is a… More

Gazprombank pilots NFC tickets

June 4th, 2015

Russia’s Gazprombank and MasterCard are piloting NFC mobile and contactless card payments for transit fares using PayPass terminals across the K-39 bus route in St Petersburg. “Residents and guests will be able to quickly, easily and securely pay for their fare by bank cards and others devices; mobile phones, watches, key chains, stickers etc,” MasterCard says.

MasterCard reports on HCE payments tests in 15 countries

February 25th, 2015

MasterCard is currently conducting more than 25 host card emulation (HCE) projects in 15 countries, the payments network has announced, with multiple issuers now moving close to commercial deployments. “In offering an alternative to the… More

St Petersburg Metro to go contactless

February 3rd, 2015

Commuters in St Petersburg, Russia will soon be able to pay their metro fares by tapping either a contactless card or an NFC device at turnstiles equipped with MasterPass technology. The service is to be rolled out through a partnership between MasterCard, the city’s administration, St Petersburg Metro and Bank Saint Petersburg.

Russian Standard Bank adds embedded NFC payments

June 30th, 2014

Russian Standard Bank has partnered with Samsung and MasterCard to offer NFC payments to consumers with a Galaxy S4 or Note 3 mobile phone. The service is the second embedded NFC payments service to be… More

Alfa-Bank uses activity trackers to offer higher interest rates to customers who exercise

May 30th, 2014

Russia’s Alfa-Bank has introduced a new savings account linked to an activity tracker, which rewards customers who exercise more with a higher interest rate. Developed in partnership with Moscow-based 42 Agency, the new Activity savings account… More

Sberbank to launch HCE payments in Russia

May 20th, 2014

Russia’s Sberbank, Europe’s third largest bank with more than 100million customers, has begun piloting NFC payments in Moscow using embedded secure elements. It will follow the trial with a service using host card emulation (HCE) later this… More

Mobispot to offer multifunction NFC wristband platform

April 4th, 2014

Singapore-based Mobispot Social Systems has introduced a platform that enables “modern city residents” to access a variety of services — including payments, transportation, ticketing, access control, discounts, membership and information sharing — via NFC wristbands…. More

MTS picks Novacard for NFC in Russia

March 5th, 2014

Russian carrier MTS has selected Novacard, a Russia-based SIM and smart card supplier, as its TSM provider and will launch the new platform at the end of 2014. The Novacard platform to be introduced by… More

Russian supermarket tests NFC for personalised shopping and loyalty

December 17th, 2013

Russian premium supermarket chain Land is piloting personalised NFC shopping using technology developed by Synqera, which combines ‘Loyalty Generator’ coupon dispensers at the front of the store and NFC-enabled Simplate payment devices at the checkout. More

UniCredit to offer NFC stickers

November 20th, 2013

Russia’s UniCredit Bank is to offer customers contactless stickers that can be attached to their mobile phone to make payments. UniCredit is using Gemalto’s Optelio Contactless Stickers and, says the solution “offers a cost-effective option to deploy contactless payment services to our existing customers immediately, and will be a springboard for mobile NFC adoption in the longer term.”

i-Free expands mobile wallet to 11 Russian cities

November 18th, 2013

Mobile technology developer i-Free is expanding its NFC mobile wallet service to enable users to store transportation cards for 11 Russian cities as well as a variety of prepaid deals and coupons. The wallet originally… More

MTS and MasterCard launch co-branded NFC smartphone

October 3rd, 2013

Russian mobile network operator MTS has teamed with MasterCard to launch a co-branded smartphone that can make NFC payments at MasterCard PayPass contactless terminals. MTS Bank, Russian Standard Bank and Ak Bars credit cards and… More

Electronics retailer opens NFC and QR shopping walls in Russian subway

September 3rd, 2013

Electronics retailer Media Markt has begun testing ‘shopping walls’ at a Moscow subway station, in partnership with the Moscow Department of Transportation. The concept makes use of both NFC and QR codes and will run until November.  More

Moscow subway to get NFC

July 5th, 2013

Moscow’s Department of Transportation is planning to install NFC subway turnstiles for mobile payments later this year, according to Tass Telecom. A pilot will start in September and the project involves 32 partners, including mobile network operators, banks and payment systems, says Tass.

Russian carriers launch joint NFC ticketing service in Kazan

June 28th, 2013

Russian mobile network operators MTS, MegaFon, Vimpelcom and Rostelecom have launched a joint NFC public transportation service in the city of Kazan, in partnership with Transport Card and the GSM Association (GSMA). Subscribers can now… More

Alfa-Bank to pilot NFC payments in Russia and the Ukraine

June 19th, 2013

Russia’s largest private bank, Alfa-Bank, is launching NFC mobile payment pilots in Russia and the Ukraine, in partnership with mobile network operator Vimpelcom and Mastercard. Vimpelcom’s Beeline brand is partnering with the bank for the… More

Russian bank to launch NFC mobile wallet

June 4th, 2013

Tinkoff Credit Systems is to launch an NFC mobile wallet service, developed by Russian mobile technology developer i-Free, that enables virtual MasterCard PayPass cards to be stored on embedded secure elements in Android NFC phones… More

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