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    Canadian bank replaces NFC SIM-based service with HCE

    December 7th, 2016

    Canada’s Scotiabank has replaced the NFC SIM-based mobile payments service inside its My Mobile Wallet app with a host card emulation (HCE) based solution, the bank has confirmed to NFC World. “This enhancement to our… More

    Optus adds smart coffee cup to contactless payments range

    November 21st, 2016

    Australian mobile network operator Optus has updated its range of contactless payment accessories to include a SmartCup — a coffee cup that includes the new Optus Pay PayTag in its base allowing consumers to make… More

    Orange Cash supports Apple Pay

    November 10th, 2016

    Orange’s mobile wallet app Orange Cash now supports Apple Pay in France, with support from German payment firm Wirecard, the operator has announced. The prepaid NFC payments service announced by Orange and Visa went live in the country in 2014, with Orange saying it would support Apple Pay in the summer. “Our innovative spirit helps us to develop the most useful and advanced services for our customers,” says Nicolas Levi from Orange. “We believe Apple Pay is just that.”

    Gemalto explores MNO role within eIDAS regulation

    October 19th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: A four-page white paper exploring the role of the mobile network operator (MNO) in digital identity, authentication and digital signatures — within the framework of the European eIDAS regulation — is now available from digital security giant Gemalto. “The eIDAS regulation enables the use of electronic identification (eID) and electronic trust services by citizens, businesses and public administrations to access online services or manage electronic transactions,” Gemalto says. “Find out why MNOs are ideally positioned to act as trust service and eID providers for companies and governments, leveraging their five field-proven key assets.”

    UPDATE The white paper is now available free of charge for NFC World Knowledge Centre members here.

    White paper explores the evolution of the digital wallet

    October 6th, 2016

    A 24-page white paper that explores the evolution of the digital wallet and the mobile payment landscape while mapping out the best way forward for wallet providers including banks, card networks and mobile network operators… More

    Mobile-only bank goes live in Germany

    July 26th, 2016

    Mobile network operator Telefónica Deutschland has launched a mobile-only bank in partnership with Fidor Bank in Germany. The service will allow peer-to-peer (P2P) transactions to be made using mobile phone numbers and will come with a Mastercard debit card for in-store and ATM transactions. More

    White paper advises banks on launching Android-based mobile payment services

    July 22nd, 2016

    A 16-page white paper designed to help banks make informed decisions about bringing an Android-based mobile payments service to market is now available to download from the NFC World Knowledge Centre. More

    Safaricom pilots M-Pesa NFC cards

    July 19th, 2016

    Kenyan carrier Safaricom is testing a new PIN-based NFC-enabled ‘Tap-and-Go’ card for its M-Pesa mobile money service. “The telecommunications services provider says the new offering can integrate with an existing M-Pesa account and the pilot phase is currently being conducted among Safaricom staff, with plans to extend the service to university students,” ITWeb Africa reports. Reports emerged in March 2014 that Safaricom was working to add NFC to its M-Pesa service.

    Mahindra Comviva introduces Mobiquity Wallet 2.0

    July 19th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Mobile financial solutions firm Mahindra Comviva has released an updated version of Mobiquity Wallet, a digital wallet platform that launched in March 2014 with support for QR codes, Bluetooth, NFC and host card emulation (HCE). More

    Apple Pay launches in France

    July 19th, 2016

    Apple Pay has begun rolling out across France with support from both Mastercard and Visa as well as Banque Populaire, Ticket Restaurant, Carrefour Banque and Caisse d’Epargne. Support from mobile network operators Boon and Orange France is also expected “soon”. More

    Videotron launches SIM-based NFC mobile payments

    July 18th, 2016

    Customers of Canadian mobile network operator Videotron with a Desjardins Visa card can now use their mobile phones to make NFC payments of up to $100 (US$77) at any contactless terminal. “Customers who want to make mobile payments can go to the Videotron Customer Centre to check whether the function is supported by their device and their SIM card,” Videotron says. “If their phone supports NFC but their SIM card does not, they can pick up a compatible SIM card free at any Videotron location.”

    Canadian NFC mobile wallet SureTap to close down

    July 15th, 2016

    The SIM-based NFC Canadian mobile wallet SureTap is to be discontinued in August 2016 due to “ongoing changes in the market”, the mobile wallet provider has announced. More

    Semble discontinues SIM-based NFC mobile wallet in New Zealand

    July 15th, 2016

    Semble, the SIM-based NFC mobile wallet launched in New Zealand by two banks, three carriers and payments network Paymark, is to be discontinued, the mobile wallet company has confirmed. Semble says it now aims to “refocus the business to develop and build new services”. 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

    AFSCM to launch NFC services across France with key MNOs

    July 11th, 2016

    French NFC trade association AFSCM has partnered with three major mobile network operators to roll out SIM-based NFC services in France. The association is working with Oberthur Technologies (OT) to build a common hub with Bouygues Telecom, Orange and SFR which will enable a “massive launch of NFC services” in the country. More

    Xiaomi and MobiKwik launch recharge and bill payments

    July 5th, 2016

    Owners of a Xiaomi handset running the MIUI8 operating system can now recharge their phone and make bill payments with “one touch” using mobile payment platform MobiKwik. “When a user receives a message from their telecom or DTH operator regarding low balance or bill payment, just below the same they will have a Recharge Now button for instant recharge through MobiKwik,” MobiKwik says. “MobiKwik’s partnership with Xiaomi enables the users to recharge right from the reminders that they get from the operators.”

    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

    Vodafone Italia adds NFC mobile payments with PayPal

    June 27th, 2016

    Customers of Vodafone Italia can now make NFC mobile payments through PayPal using the mobile network operator’s Vodafone Wallet. The service will allow for in-store payments at any Visa contactless terminal across the country. More

    Mahindra Comviva wins GTB innovation award

    June 7th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Mobile financial solutions firm Mahindra Comviva and mobile network operator Airtel Tanzania have jointly won the Global Telecom Business (GTB) Innovation Award for Airtel Money Tap Tap NFC Payments in the customer service category. “Airtel Money Tap Tap NFC Payments is the first-of-its-kind closed-loop NFC payments service that brings a paradigm shift in mobile money-based merchant payments, which so far were only performed using USSD and SMS,” Mahindra Comviva says. The service is powered by the company’s Mobiquity Money platform.

    Commuters in Helsinki get direct carrier billing for transport ticketing with Gemalto

    June 3rd, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Finnish commuters travelling on the Helsinki transport network can now use their mobile phone to pay for public transport beyond the central tram and metro systems and have the cost of the ticket charged to their… More

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