MasterCard’s First Latin American NFC Trial Expected to Lead to 2013 Rollout

A MasterCard NFC payment pilot in Brazil, launched last week with Itaú bank, mobile operator TIM Brasil, point-of-sale terminal supplier Redecard, and France-based Gemalto, is expected to lead to a full rollout of mobile PayPass services in Brazil.

The pilot marks MasterCard’s first Latin American NFC trial. A spokeswoman told NFC Times that the company has no current estimate of the current number of PayPass users in Brazil. However, “all partners expect to have rollouts in 2013,” she said. Other telcos and banks are also gearing up for NFC commercial launches, sources told NFC Times.

The trial’s 50 participants will be able to tap NFC-enabled smartphones to pay at 100 merchants in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro using a Mobile PayPass application. Brazil-based Redecard provided these point of sale terminals.

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