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    Cash by Optus adds contactless bands and stickers to reach beyond Android owners

    February 8th, 2016

    Consumers using Cash by Optus — the prepaid NFC SIM-based payments service launched by Australian mobile network operator Optus in November 2014 — can now make payments using a contactless wristband or a sticker attached to their mobile phone. More

    GlobalPlatform updates NFC SIM spec

    February 3rd, 2016

    Standards body GlobalPlatform has extended the scope of UICC Configuration, its implementation guide for deploying GlobalPlatform Card Specification v2.3 within the mobile services sector and managing the secure, over-the-air delivery of new services. “The requirements are in support of the 4G network and enhanced security (Advanced Encryption Standard (AES)-based secure channels),” GlobalPlatform told NFC World. “These cover a new scenario for the confidential loading of service providers’ keys.”

    G&D uses TSM technology to protect industrial products against counterfeiting

    January 29th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) is working with chip maker Renesas to apply the lessons learned from the use of trusted service management technology in mobile payments to a new market — protecting industrial… More

    Bell ID acquired by chip maker Rambus’ digital security division

    January 26th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Tokenization and mobile payments specialist Bell ID has been acquired by chip maker Rambus. Bell ID will form part of Rambus’ Cryptography Research division, which specialises in embedded security solutions including tamper resistance,… More

    Gemalto supplies NFC SIMs to Russian carriers for transit ticketing in Moscow

    January 21st, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Digital security giant Gemalto is supplying Russian mobile network operators MegaFon and VimpelCom with UpTeq Multi-Tenant NFC SIMs that allow the carriers’ subscribers to board metro trains, trams and buses across Moscow using… More

    KPN and Rabobank to launch SIM-based NFC payments

    January 19th, 2016

    Dutch mobile network operator KPN and Rabobank have unveiled a SIM-based NFC mobile payment solution that will launch this spring. “The Rabo Wallet enables consumers to download their digital bank card to their KPN NFC SIM-kaart,” technology provider UL says. “The Rabo Wallet, in addition to being a mobile banking app, also offers client cards, membership cards and vouchers.”

    Canadian pilot for NFC public transport solution

    December 8th, 2015

    Canadian NFC mobile wallet service Suretap and TSM provider EnStream have completed a proof of concept trial with public transport agency Société de transport de Montréal (STM) that enabled transit passengers to pay fares using their smartphone.  More

    ANZ adds HCE to mobile banking app

    December 8th, 2015

    ANZ Bank New Zealand customers can now make host card emulation (HCE) based mobile payments using its goMoney banking app. “Around 90,000 customers will meet the criteria for the ANZ mobile wallet,” ANZ says. “The key benefit of the goMoney wallet is that it is within ANZ’s trusted mobile banking app, removing the need for a separate app or SIM card upgrade.” The bank announced its plan to add HCE in March 2015 and is using Bell ID’s Secure Element in the Cloud software platform to deliver the service.

    French joint venture to deploy NFC mobile ticketing

    December 8th, 2015

    A joint venture has been established in France with the aim of bringing an NFC mobile ticketing solution to the market in 2017. Public transport operator RATP, mobile network operator Orange, digital security giant Gemalto and railway company SNCF each hold a 25% stake in Wizway Solutions, which remains open to other operators and carriers. More

    NFC public transport pilot launches across the Netherlands

    December 2nd, 2015

    Some 200 commuters across the Netherlands have begun piloting a service that lets them tap in and out of public transport using their smartphone. The pilot has been put in place by mobile network operators Vodafone and KPN in partnership with OV public transport card provider Translink and all the transport agencies in the country. More

    Wirecard launches HCE payments in four European countries

    December 1st, 2015

    German payments technology provider Wirecard has launched a host card emulation (HCE) based mobile payments service in Germany, the Netherlands, Austria and Belgium that will allow customers of any mobile network operator to make payments using their Android device at contactless terminals. More

    Three launches NFC mobile payments in Austria

    November 24th, 2015

    Mobile network operator Three has launched a SIM-based NFC mobile payments service in Austria. “For this new service, a virtual debit card with contactless payment function based on MasterCard PayPass is being stored on the Android smartphone’s NFC SIM card,” the carrier says. “Three customers can test 3Geldbörse for two months for free. After two months, the new services costs 1€/month.”

    NFC secure element shipments grow 40% in 2015

    November 18th, 2015

    A total of 490m NFC secure elements will be shipped in 2015, up 40% on the 350m shipped in 2014, smart security industry association Eurosmart reports. A total of 590m units is expected to ship in 2016, up 20% on 2015. More

    Norway’s Valyou NFC wallet to shut down due to lack of user adoption

    November 18th, 2015

    The Valyou NFC mobile wallet developed by Norwegian mobile network operator Telenor and banking group DNB is to shut down due to a “much lower than expected end user uptake”. A lack of contactless terminals… More

    Vodafone adds MasterCard to NFC wallet

    November 16th, 2015

    Vodafone Wallet users in Europe will be able to make payments with their NFC phone using MasterCard cards “within weeks”, the mobile network operator has announced. “Contactless card payments using Vodafone Wallet require a Vodafone NFC SIM and are supported on more than 60 Android smartphones.” Vodafone Wallet launched in September 2013 and is currently live in Spain, Germany, The Netherlands, the UK, Italy and Hungary.

    Gemalto assesses the mobile payments landscape

    November 12th, 2015

    A 24-page white paper designed to give banks, processors, OEMs, retailers and other issuers a clear overview of the evolving world of mobile payments is now available to download from the NFC World Knowledge Centre. More

    Gemalto SIM puts multiple transit cards on NFC phones

    November 3rd, 2015

    PARTNER NEWS: Digital security giant Gemalto has launched a new version of its UpTeq multi-tenant NFC SIM, with an embedded Mifare4Mobile v2 app allowing it to support multiple Mifare-based transport ticketing services such as those used… More

    RBC reports strong uptake for HCE wallet, adds support for digital receipts, loyalty and gift cards

    October 30th, 2015

    The Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) has trebled its mobile wallet user base since moving from a SIM-based model to host card emulation (HCE) six weeks ago, the bank’s head of payments innovation has told… More

    Kona unveils customizable payment platform that supports cards, tokens, NFC, HCE and wearable devices

    October 29th, 2015

    PARTNER NEWS: South Korean smart card provider Kona has unveiled the Kona Payment platform, a customizable, end-to-end solution for card issuers that supports tokenization, physical cards, mobile payments via both HCE and SIM-based secure elements,… More

    Optus expands NFC payments to prepaid customers

    October 9th, 2015

    Australian carrier Optus has made its NFC mobile payment service available to prepaid customers, following its launch to postpaid customers in November 2014. “Simply download the Cash by Optus app or go online to order your Cash by Optus SIM,” the carrier says. “When you receive your SIM, simply pop it in your smartphone. Just load money onto your Cash by Optus facility and you’re ready to make secure payments.”

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