Etisalat Defers Deployment of New Mobile Technology
Delays by handset manufacturers have postponed Etisalat's plans to launch Near Field Communication technology, which allows users to make contactless payments using their mobile phones, in the UAE by more than a year, a telecom operator official said. (Gulf News)
Rashid Al Abbar, director of M-commerce at Etisalat, said yesterday on the sidelines of Telecoms World Middle East that a second pilot would be launched soon to test the technology, with Samsung's new NFC touch-screen smartphone. "The issue has been the handsets… that is the challenge," he said.
In partnership with Emirates NBD, the technology that allows contactless payment involves a handset with NFC capability with a SIM card facilitating data link-up with a credit card. Readers — Visa payWave devices — which will enable such transactions have been distributed to several food and clothing outlets, Al Abbar said.