News about the NFC market in Russia — trials, pilots, tests and live services.
April 3rd, 2013
The new Mobile Ticket service is available on 96% of the city's public transportation network and is set to be expanded to up to nine more cities across Russia this year.
February 27th, 2013
Russia's "Big Three" mobile network operators — MTS, Vimpelcom and MegaFon — are in discussions to create a joint venture company for the rollout of NFC services, Alexander Popovskiof, vice president of operations at MTS,...
June 28th, 2012
Russian Post has signed an agreement with MasterCard to jointly develop and commercialise a range of "innovative financial products". As a first step, 2,000 of Russian Post's 42,000 post offices will be equipped to accept...
May 30th, 2012
The Russian mobile network operator is providing customers in the city of Yekaterinburg with the ability to store bus, tram and metro tickets on either a mobile phone with built-in NFC or a SIM+antenna add-on that works with standard handsets.
May 23rd, 2012
Mobile network operator MTS and MTS Bank, both owned by Russia's Sistema group, have launched an NFC payments service in conjunction with MasterCard. The service is available to customers in Moscow today and will be expanded to other major Russian cities in the near future.
December 13th, 2011
The computer giant has partnered with Russia's Skolkovo Foundation to create a Science and Technology Center that will work on intelligent operations, technology for the oil and gas industry and on "the creation of security-rich and customizable mobile payment transactions for use across a number of industries including telco, retail and banking."
October 31st, 2011
MTS, Russia's leading telecommunications operator, has signed an agreement with MasterCard to develop NFC mobile contactless services. "The partnership with MasterCard is aimed at creating conditions in Russia for the most extensive development of NFC...
October 11th, 2011
Russian mobile network operator MTS and oil company Lukoil have developed an NFC system that lets drivers enter on their phone how much fuel they wish to buy and then tap it to the pump to get and pay for the exact amount requested.
June 24th, 2011
The Russian bank and mobile network operator have created a new payments system called RuRu that will begin with mobile and ecommerce, P2P transfers and mobile remittances. NFC services will follow "in the near future."
June 22nd, 2011
The Russian telecoms giant has partnered with the NFC specialist to allow St Petersburg commuters to use their mobile phones to pay for their tickets, in the first stage of a planned national NFC service.
October 29th, 2010
The NFC Test Zone announced in December 2009 by leading Russian mobile network operators is now set to go live in November, eMoney News reports, with a ticketing pilot on the Moscow rail-air link operated...
October 29th, 2010
Mobile marketing, payments and commerce specialist i-Free has become the first Russian firm to join the NFC Forum. Headquartered in St Petersburg, i-Free has offices in Moscow, Mumbai, Sao Paolo, Beijing, Kiev and Almaty and...
October 11th, 2010
News in brief from the NFC world and beyond: First Osaifu-Keitai smartphone • Antenna designer broadcasts Samsung success • St Petersburg metro test • NFC is key to BMW's Connected Drive • NFC Forum's new member • Gauthier moves to PayPal • Toro and Collis partner up • and more...
June 23rd, 2010
MTS subscribers will be able to visit special kiosks at Moscow Metro stations to equip their phones with a SIM+antenna solution that enables them to charge their travel costs to their mobile phone bill.
June 2nd, 2010
Sberbank, Russia's largest bank, is planning to run an NFC trial in Moscow later this year, Russian business publication Kommersant reports. Both the Russian national railway operator RZD and the Moscow Metro have expressed interest...
December 17th, 2009
VimpelCom, MegaFon, MTS and Moskovskaya Sotovaya Svyaz are teaming up to develop an NFC Test Zone in Russia and will begin with an NFC ticketing pilot in the summer of 2010.
October 16th, 2009
The head of Russia's largest bank briefed the country's President Dmitry Medvedev on the concept of mobile contactless payments last week — and explained that he is looking to launch a non-contact mobile payments system by 2011/12.