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

Standard Bank rolls out mobile payments to 10,000 merchants in South Africa

May 22nd, 2014

Standard Bank, one of South Africa’s largest financial services groups, has launched a service that allows small merchants to accept mobile payments by simply placing a QR code at their point of sale, with no… More

WiGroup tests NFC payments and coupons in South Africa

October 11th, 2013

South African mobile transaction platform provider WiGroup is testing an NFC payments and coupon solution with one of the country’s largest retailers, the company has told NFC World, and now plans to bring the technology… More

SA festival-goers pay with NFC

October 9th, 2013

Mobile payments startup Gust Pay provided NFC wristbands to festival-goers at last weekend’s Rocking The Daisies music and lifestyle festival in South Africa. Attendees were able to use the wristbands for cashless payments across the festival site near Cape Town, and the company’s Event Intelligence service was used to provide analytic data.

Absa expands NFC payments trial

September 2nd, 2013

South African banking group Absa has expanded its NFC mobile payments trial to eliminate the need for microSD booster stickers and is now offering Samsung Galaxy S4 handsets to participants. The trial started in December… More

Display Points bring NFC ads to restaurant tables

August 6th, 2013

NFC is to be included in a new range of touchscreen tabletop displays designed for the restaurant trade. Display Points will enable advertisers to target restaurant-goers with interactive advertising and loyalty offers, all uploaded to… More

South African travel show reports 60,000 NFC uses per day

June 10th, 2013

Attendees at the Indaba 2013 travel show in South Africa used Poken’s NFC social networking platform more than 60,000 times a day to digitally exchange documents and share business cards, the NFC connectivity specialist reports…. More

Absa begins South Africa’s first NFC pilot

December 8th, 2011

The trial will see five hundred bank staff using BlackBerry NFC smartphones to make MasterCard PayPass payments, and the technology used will in future also support the country’s national transportation ticketing technology. More

Qmuzik takes Vivotech to Africa

November 8th, 2011

South African mobile solution provider Qmuzik Technologies is to resell, implement and support Vivotech‘s NFC trusted service manager (TSM) software suite throughout Africa. “Qmuzik’s broad African footprint and local expertise make it an ideal partner to bring Vivotech’s proven NFC technology to the region,” says Vivotech.

Absa and Vodacom form mobile financial services partnership

August 19th, 2011

The South African bank and mobile network operator have signed a multi-milliion rand cooperation deal. “The project is expected to lead to developments in the near field communication arena and usher in a new era of convenience for the customer,” says Absa. More

Aconite brings NFC to South African transport system

March 29th, 2011

British firm Aconite has said it is working to bring contactless payments to South African public transport, to allow commuters to use near field communication (NFC) enabled phones to pay fares. The smart card and… More

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