Asia-Pacific Banks Gear Up for HCE; Likely Site of Some of the First Issuer-Led Launches

NFC Times Exclusive: Despite the interest in host-card emulation in North America and Europe grabbing the spotlight, there is a good chance that banks and other issuers in Asia-Pacific could generally commercialize the technology first, sources told NFC Times.

Banks and payments companies in Australia and New Zealand in particular have been working on the technology for months and are seeking first-mover advantage within their markets, said sources. Visa and MasterCard Worldwide are assisting the banks, with Visa said to be pushing the technology hard in some markets. 

To date, the only HCE service commercially available is Google Wallet in the U.S., operating under a waiver from MasterCard, though the service is not being heavily promoted and is not supported directly by banks. 

Meanwhile, Asia-Pacific could be the site of one of the first decisions by banking regulators on HCE, with Taiwan’s Financial Supervisory Commission, or FSC, evaluating the technology, according to local reports Wednesday. It remains to be seen when the FSC, known as a strict regulator of new payment technologies, will render a decision. 

If the commission gives its blessing to HCE, it could be a boost for the technology, which has continued to be called into question on security grounds for open-loop payments by many in the NFC ecosystem–though a number of these critics are telcos, trusted service managers and smart card vendors, which have a vested interest in the rollout of secure elements 

Words

1,600 

Among Topics Covered:

  • Issuers in Australia and New Zealand gearing up for HCE
  • Australian payments service provider Cuscal’s readiness to enable its credit union customers to launch HCE
  • Evaluation by Taiwan’s banking regulator, the Financial Supervisory Commission, of HCE technology
  • Major Taiwanese banks developing HCE or expressing interest
  • Likelihood of banks in Taiwan to also use secure elements
  • HCE to compete with TSM platforms being developed by joint ventures in Taiwan
  • New global HCE specification releases from Visa and MasterCard
  • HCE vendors working in Australia and New Zealand
  • Prospects for HCE in China 

Among companies and organizations mentioned:

Visa
MasterCard
Google
Commonwealth Bank
Westpac
National Australia Bank
ASB Bank
Cuscal
CUA
Financial Supervisory Commission
Chunghwa Telecom
Alliance Digital Technology Corp.
Taiwan Mobile Payment Co.
Cathay United Bank,
Taishin International Bank
E.Sun Commercial Bank
Chinatrust Commercial Bank
EasyCard Corp.
SimplyTapp
Bell ID 

This is premium content from NFC Times. 

Read Full Article 

© NFC Times and Forthwrite Media. NFC Times content is for individual use and cannot be copied or distributed without the express permission of the publisher.

HEADLINE NEWS

In-Depth: Five Years After Transport for London Launched Contactless Across Its Transit Network, UK Open-Loop Rollout Remains Uneven

Aug 15 2019

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – Five years ago next month, Transport for London introduced open-loop contactless payments across its transit network, including metro, trams and commuter rail, following an earlier launch on buses. The service now accounts for more than half of all pay-as-you-go journeys and has become a global showcase for the technology.

Apple Again Promises to Push Transit Ticketing as It Seeks Broader Adoption of Apple Pay

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – While noting to financial analysts late Tuesday that Apple Pay is now approaching 1 billion transactions per month globally and is in 47 markets, perhaps Apple CEO Tim Cook’s most significant comments about Apple Pay this week was to again emphasize that Apple wants to enable users to routinely tap to pay for bus, subway and other transit rides with their iPhones and Apple Watches. 

Chinese Mega Wallets Continue to Expand QR Code-based Transit Ticketing, while Major Agencies in West Stay with NFC

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight ­– China’s mega-mobile wallet providers have continued their rollouts of transit payments in China, with Tencent Holdings announcing Tuesday that two years after launching its first QR-code-based WeChat “Ride Code” service in Guangzhou, total users for its transit payments services has reached 100 million.

Sydney Transit Authority Gives Users of Contactless Bank Cards Nearly All Discounts They Get with Closed-Loop Opal Cards

Jul 29 2019

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – Transport for New South Wales, Australia, the authority that oversees transit in and around Sydney, has taken a step toward phasing out its closed-loop contactless Opal fare card, today extending nearly all of the discounts it offers on Opal to users of open-loop Visa- Mastercard- and American Express-branded contactless cards.

In-Depth: 2020 Could Mark Landmark Year for Contactless Payments in U.S.

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight– October will mark the fifth anniversary of the launch of Apple Pay in the U.S., Apple’s first country for its groundbreaking NFC payments service. 

Filings Point to Plans for Global Expansion of Apple Card and Apple Cash

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – Following Apple’s imminent entry into the credit card business in the U.S. with its planned Apple Card, the tech giant is showing signs it is looking to roll out the branded credit card in a number of other countries, as well.

Analysis: It's Likely Too Little, Too Late for LG Pay

Jul 25 2019

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – It was the fall of 2015, and interest in the Pays wallets was burgeoning. Google and Samsung had each launched their respective payments services in September of 2015 in the U.S., following introduction of Apple Pay a year earlier.

Apple Pay to Finally Support Octopus Card in Hong Kong, as Competition Grows in Market

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight –  Apple Pay will offer support for Hong Kong’s popular closed-loop contactless transit and retail payments card Octopus later this year, adding a much-needed service to an Apple Wallet that launched three years ago in Hong Kong for credit and debit payments at retail.

Visa Promotes QR Codes in Contactless Hot Spot Taiwan, Hoping to Capture Merchants That Refuse to Accept Cards

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – While Visa’s country office in Taiwan was touting the fact that Taiwan ranks as one of the top countries in Asia Pacific for acceptance and use of contactless payments only six months ago, that hasn’t stopped the big payments network from actively promoting QR code payments on the island nation, too.

In-Depth: As Mifare Alternative Cipurse Nears 10th Anniversary, Major Rollouts Prove Elusive So Far

Jul 12 2019

NFC TIMES Exclusive – The mid-tier city of Vinnytsia in the Ukraine is rolling out its first transit smart cards for payment of fares on buses and trams this summer, replacing cash, which riders have used for years.

Lax Security Blamed for Hack of 7-Eleven’s Mobile Payments Service in Japan

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – Japan’s popular 7-Eleven convenience store chain reported Thursday a major hack of its QR code-based mobile-payments app, but the breach appears to be due to poorly designed security protections in the app. 

In-Depth: More Nordic Banks Support Payments on Passive Wearables with Provisioning after Sale

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – Two more large Nordic banks, Nordea and Swedbank, have launched contactless payments on analog watches, using technology from Swedish provisioning company Fidesmo that enables consumers to buy the watches and provision them with tokenized Mastercard-branded cards after the sale by tapping the watches on Android NFC phones.