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    27 February 2017 • By Christopher Brown in Barcelona • Last updated 27 February 2017, 16:59

    Mahindra Comviva adds offers and promotions to mobile money platform

    Mahindra Comviva

    PARTNER NEWS: Mahindra Comviva is making it possible for mobile money operators to increase user engagement with the addition of a new service that enables relevant offers and promotions to be delivered automatically to users’ mobile devices.

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    27 February 2017 • By Christopher Brown in Barcelona • Last updated 27 February 2017, 13:55

    Mastercard adds bar tab feature to Qkr! mobile payments app

    Mastercard has unveiled a new feature for its Qkr! mobile payments solution that will allow customers in a bar or restaurant to open a tab and pay their bill when they want, without leaving a payment card or identity document with the bartender or waiting to pay at the bar.

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    Partner news NFC

    27 February 2017 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 27 February 2017, 12:15

    NXP reveals secure element and NFC solution that speeds transaction times, increases security and supports smaller form factors

    PARTNER NEWS: A new embedded secure element and NFC solution from NXP will make it possible for mobile transactions to be conducted at the same speed as contactless card transactions. It also enables biometric security, opens up a range of new applications across the Internet of Things (IoT) and can be built into “smaller and thinner form factors than before”.

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    Partner news Tokens

    27 February 2017 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 27 February 2017, 10:53

    Rambus unveils Unified Payment Platform for mobile payments and loyalty

    PARTNER NEWS: Rambus has unveiled a mobile payments platform that will allow retailers to launch mobile payment and loyalty services that securely store and manage a variety of payment cards, as well as gift cards and loyalty points, to enable consumers to pay with credit, points and coupons in a single transaction at the point of sale.

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    NFC

    24 February 2017 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 24 February 2017, 14:00

    Barclaycard adds contactless payments to watches and fashion jewellery

    Barclaycard’s bPay contactless payment technology is to be embedded into a range of high street jewellery and watch brands across the UK through new partnerships with fashion jewellery retailer DCK Group and payment technology provider for the watches and jewellery industry Tappy Technologies.

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    24 February 2017 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 24 February 2017, 11:37

    Samsung Pay goes live in Malaysia

    Samsung Pay has begun rolling out in Malaysia with support from CIMB, Citibank and Standard Chartered, with Hong Leong Bank coming soon. The banks join existing support for the mobile payment service from Maybank, Mastercard and Visa as well as loyalty card partners B Infinite, Bonuslink and Sunway Pals.

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    Partner news HCE

    23 February 2017 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 23 February 2017, 13:08

    Meet NFC World’s partners at Mobile World Congress

    NFC World partners Rambus, Mahindra Comviva, STMicroelectronics, Dejamobile, NXP, Gemalto and Antelop will be attending Mobile World Congress in Barcelona from 27 February to 2 March. Here’s what you can expect to see and where you can find them during the show:

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    Partner news NFC

    23 February 2017 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 23 February 2017, 12:35

    Crédit Mutuel Arkéa launches HCE mobile payments developed with Antelop

    PARTNER NEWS: Customers of French bank Crédit Mutuel Arkéa can now make host card emulation (HCE) based mobile payments using the bank’s Paylib mobile app and authorise payments at the point of sale with a scan of their fingerprint, making it the “first bank offering a fingerprint-supported HCE solution in France”.

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    Partner news

    22 February 2017 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 22 February 2017, 15:37

    Mahindra Comviva launches biometric payments solution for rural Indian merchants

    PARTNER NEWS: Mobile financial solutions firm Mahindra Comviva has launched PayPlus Aadhaar Pay, a merchant payment acceptance solution designed for rural India that will enable merchants to accept in-store payments through Aadhaar numbers and biometric-based authentication.

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    22 February 2017 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 22 February 2017, 12:42

    Europe to relax requirements on strong customer authentication for online and unattended payments

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) is to modify its proposed plan for “strong customer authentication” on all remote payments over €10 (US$10.50), which would have required customers to present additional authentication at checkout such as passwords and codes, or use a card reader. The EBA will now extend the €10 threshold to €30 ($31.50) in its proposal.

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    News in brief

    Huawei includes NFC payments in new smartwatch

    By Sarah Clark • 27 February 2017, 13:04 • Last updated 27 February 2017, 13:04

    Huawei has unveiled a new smartwatch at Mobile World Congress that supports NFC payments. The Huawei Watch 2 comes in sports and classic watch styles, features standalone 4G connectivity, runs Android Wear 2.0 and includes support for Google Assistant.

    China’s central bank tests digital currency for in-store payments

    By Sarah Clark • 27 February 2017, 12:49 • Last updated 27 February 2017, 12:49

    The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) has conducted trial runs of a prototype cryptocurrency it has been developing since 2014 that could be used “to buy anything from noodles to a car”, The Straits Times reports. The digital currency would enable sellers to receive payments “directly from the buyer, lowering transaction costs as the middleman is cut out of the process”, the report adds.

    Google Assistant comes to more Android phones

    By Christopher Brown • 27 February 2017, 10:40 • Last updated 27 February 2017, 10:40

    Google Assistant will be made available to all phones running Android 7.0 Nougat and Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating systems, Reuters reports. The virtual assistant will roll out this week to English speakers in the US, followed by Australia, Canada, the UK and German speakers in Germany. The company “is working on support for additional languages”, the news service adds. Google Assistant had previously only been available on Google’s own Pixel brand phones.

    GSMA predicts 1.1bn 5G connections by 2025

    By Christopher Brown • 27 February 2017, 10:17 • Last updated 27 February 2017, 10:17

    The GSMA forecasts there will be 1.1bn 5G mobile connections by 2025, with 5G networks providing one in eight of all mobile connections and driving “massive rollout of intelligent IoT nodes for a multitude of scenarios”. “The 5G era will make possible a huge array of new applications, everything from sensor-driven smart parking to holographic conference calls,” says GSMA director general Mats Granryd.

    BNP Paribas launches HCE mobile payments

    By Rian Boden • 24 February 2017, 14:27 • Last updated 24 February 2017, 14:27

    Customers of French bank BNP Paribas will soon be able to make host card emulation (HCE) based mobile payments through the bank’s mobile banking app and Paylib, an online payment platform supported by the country’s main banks. BNP Paribas’ deployment — which follows Crédit Mutuel Arkéa’s HCE mobile payments launch earlier this week — will be completed by early March.

    India Post to enable Aadhaar money transfers

    By Rian Boden • 24 February 2017, 14:12 • Last updated 24 February 2017, 14:12

    India Post is to allow consumers to send and receive money using only their Aadhaar number from September 2017, when the government-operated postal system launches its own payments bank. “We will bring out a solution to make Aadhaar a payment address,” IndiaPost CEO AP Singh told The Economic Times. “People who already have an Aadhaar should be able to receive payment from any source.”

    Metro Bank adds Android Pay in UK

    By Christopher Brown • 24 February 2017, 11:31 • Last updated 24 February 2017, 11:31

    Metro Bank in the UK is now offering support for Android Pay. “Expanding Metro Bank’s mobile payments to include Android Pay is just another example of how we’re helping to improve the banking and payments experience for our customers,” says the bank’s CCO Paul Riseborough.

    India’s Mobikwik aims to triple user base in 2017

    By Christopher Brown • 23 February 2017, 15:00 • Last updated 23 February 2017, 15:00

    Indian mobile wallet MobiKwik is to invest Rs 3bn (US$45m) to triple its user base and raise the total volume of transactions on its platform to $10bn in 2017, The Times of India reports. “MobiKwik said the investment will help it triple its user base to 150m and drive up annual gross merchandise value by year end from the current $2bn,” the report says.

    Consumers show more trust in mobile wallet security

    By Rian Boden • 23 February 2017, 12:51 • Last updated 23 February 2017, 12:36

    Global consumers are “more concerned” with protecting their financial and payments information on a computer than protecting the same data in a mobile wallet, ACI Worldwide and Aite Group research reveals, with more than 80% believing their mobile wallet data is secure. 75% of the 6,000 consumers across 20 countries surveyed are “very interested” in receiving a call or SMS to help mitigate fraud.

    US banks launch money-transfer app

    By Christopher Brown • 23 February 2017, 10:45 • Last updated 23 February 2017, 10:45

    Nineteen US banks have launched Zelle, the mobile P2P money transfer service unveiled last October to compete with the likes of Venmo, allowing users to send money directly to each other’s bank accounts within minutes. Bank of America says it is the first to incorporate Zelle into its own app, with a standalone Zelle app available later this year for anyone with a debit card.

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    February 28th, 2017

    This week's news

    1. Mahindra Comviva adds offers and promotions to mobile money platform
    2. Mastercard adds bar tab feature to Qkr! mobile payments app
    3. Huawei includes NFC payments in new smartwatch
    4. China’s central bank tests digital currency for in-store payments
    5. NXP reveals secure element and NFC solution that speeds transaction times, increases security and supports smaller form factors
    6. Google Assistant comes to more Android phones
    7. GSMA predicts 1.1bn 5G connections by 2025
    8. Rambus unveils Unified Payment Platform for mobile payments and loyalty
    9. BNP Paribas launches HCE mobile payments
    10. India Post to enable Aadhaar money transfers
    11. Barclaycard adds contactless payments to watches and fashion jewellery
    12. Samsung Pay goes live in Malaysia
    13. Metro Bank adds Android Pay in UK
    14. Meet NFC World’s partners at Mobile World Congress
    15. India’s Mobikwik aims to triple user base in 2017
    16. Consumers show more trust in mobile wallet security
    17. Crédit Mutuel Arkéa launches HCE mobile payments developed with Antelop
    18. US banks launch money-transfer app
    19. UK bank tests voice commands with Google Home
    20. Mahindra Comviva launches biometric payments solution for rural Indian merchants
    21. Europe to relax requirements on strong customer authentication for online and unattended payments
    22. Visa Token Service to spread across Europe in 2017
    23. Gulf Oil unveils Gulf Pay for mobile payments and special offers at fuel stations
    24. STMicroelectronics announces new NFC devices for contactless payments and IoT
    25. Bank of China brings Apple Pay to UnionPay credit cards
    26. Belgian bank to launch HCE mobile payments
    27. Apple and Samsung boost Russian interest in virtual cards
    28. Ant Financial invests in Korea and Philippines
    29. Swiss region pilots own local blockchain-based cryptocurrency
    30. NPCI, Mastercard and Visa unveil standardised QR code mobile payments for India
    31. ING Direct and Macquarie support Apple Pay in Australia
    32. Apple Pay coming soon to Germany and Italy?
     
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