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Australia Credit Union Gets First to the Starting Gate In Asia-Pac for HCE Payments Australia CUA (Visa payWave) N/A
Australia: Bank Launches iPhone App Supporting Contactless and P2P Payments Australia Commonwealth Bank (MasterCard PayPass) N/A
Australia: Commonwealth Bank And MasterCard Tee Up First Aussie NFC Trial Melbourne Commonwealth Bank (MasterCard PayPass) N/A
Australia: Commonwealth Bank to Add Galaxy S5 as part of Groundbreaking Embedded Chip Project Australia Commonwealth Bank of Australia (Mastercard PayPass) None
Australia: Major Bank Launches Small Internal Trial with Galaxy S III Sydney Westpac (MasterCard PayPass) Optus
Australia: Telstra and NAB Hold Pay-Buy Mobile Trial Melbourne and Sydney National Australia Bank (Visa payWave) Telstra
Australia: Visa and ANZ Bank Launch Small Internal Trial of microSD Cards Melbourne and Sydney ANZ bank (Visa payWave) N/A
Australia: Vodafone Announces Plans for NFC Service; But Still Trialing Technology Sydney ANZ bank (Visa payWave) Vodafone Hutchison Australia
Australia: Westpac Poised to Launch payWave on Samsung Embedded Chips Australia Westpac (Visa payWave) None
Austria: Bank Plans Launch of payWave on microSDs and iPhone Sleeves Austria Raiffeisen Bank International (Visa payWave) N/A
Austria: Merchants Tap Phones To Activate and Redeem Gift Vouchers Wels City of Wels (Coupons/gift vouchers) mobilkom Austria
Austria: Students and Faculty Study NFC At Austrian University Hagenberg University Of Applied Sciences Of Upper Austria (payment, access-control, loyalty and P2P information exchange) mobilkom
Austria: Telco to Launch NFC Payment Scheme, Bypassing Major Banks, Card Networks Vienna A1 (paybox NFC) A1
Austria: Trial Puts Train Tickets On Embedded Chip Vienna
ÖBB
Austrian national railway (VDV-KA transit ticket)
mobilkom Austria
Austria: ‘Rollout’ Uses NFC Reader Mode To Sell Tickets and Snacks Vienna
Austrian national railway (ticketing)
Vienna transport authority (ticketing)
Selectra (vending machine payment)
mobilkom Austria
Belgium: Belgacom Tests Contactless ‘PingPing’ Stickers for Meal Tickets Brussels
Belgacom (PingPing payment)
Accord Services (meal vouchers)
Belgacom
Brazil: Claro and Two Banks Test PayWave São Paulo, Brasília
Banco Bradesco (Visa payWave)
Banco do Brasil (Visa payWave)
Claro
Brazil: TIM Brasil and Banco Itaú Launch Small NFC Trial São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro Banco Itaú (MasterCard PayPass) TIM Brasil
Brazil: TIM Brasil Launching Second NFC Trial; Commercial Launch Planned São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro Banco Bradesco (Visa payWave) TIM Brasil
Canada: Bell, Citi and MasterCard Join for Modest PayPass Test at the Office Toronto Citi (MasterCard PayPass) Bell Mobility
Canada: MasterCard and Bank Tests PayPass Sticker on BlackBerrys Toronto, Waterloo Bank of Montreal (MasterCard PayPass) N/A
Canada: RBC Commercially Launches NFC Payments Using Cloud-SIM Hybrid Canada RBC, Royal Bank of Canada
Bell Mobility
Rogers Wireless (expected)
Telus Mobility (expected)
Canada: Royal Bank of Canada and Rogers Wireless Test payWave Toronto Royal Bank of Canada (Visa payWave) Rogers Wireless
Canada: Telco Joint Venture Trials Contactless Stickers Toronto and other cities EnStream, Peoples Trust bank (MasterCard PayPass)
Bell Canada
Rogers Communications
Telus
Chile: Telco, Bank Gear Up for NFC Payments Launch Santiago Banco Santander Chile (MasterCard PayPass) Telefónica Chile (Movistar)

HEADLINE NEWS

In-Depth: Payments Wearables Market Enters New Phase as Passive Devices Get Tokenized Bank Cards

NFC TIMES Exclusive – With the announcement this month by large analog watchmaker Swatch of the expansion of its digital payments service SwatchPAY! to Europe, the payments wearables market could see a considerable change.

Provisioning Tokens to Swatch Watches in the Store: How SwatchPAY! Works

NFC TIMES Exclusive – Switzerland-based watchmaker Swatch plans to roll out its SwatchPAY! contactless payments service to a number of European countries and then perhaps globally, representing budding competition to Apple Pay, Fitbit Pay and Garmin Pay. But unlike these three smartwatch-enabled Pays services and others, SwatchPAY! uses low-cost analog watches as its payments devices.

Cook Discloses Apple Pay Transactions Showing That Growth Continues, Albeit Somewhat More Slowly Than Before

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – Apple Tuesday reported that its digital payments service recorded more than 1.8 billion transactions globally in the tech giant’s fiscal first quarter ending in December, more than double compared with the same quarter a year earlier–though transaction growth is slowing and transactions still represent a small percentage of total card transactions.

Garmin Pay Welcomes Support from Third U.S. Network but More Competition on Horizon

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – Garmin Pay added a third network to its smartwatch payments service in the U.S. this week, enabling Discover Financial Services-branded cards to be loaded onto its NFC-enabled devices, as more acceptance points for NFC payments in the U.S. come online to give consumers additional places to tap to pay.

Another Major Holdout Among Major U.S. Merchants, Target, Agrees to Accept Contactless and NFC Payments

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – Acceptance of contactless and NFC payments in the U.S. has lagged behind many other developed markets for years, but that continues to change, with another major merchant–big box retailer and top 10 U.S. chain Target­–announcing Tuesday that it would soon take tap and pay.

Swatch Expands Payments Service–Provides Affordable Analog Alternative to Smartwatches

Jan 21 2019

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – Swatch, one of the world’s largest watchmakers, has expanded its contactless-payments service to its home base of Switzerland, launching the restyled SwatchPAY! service with seven card issuers Thursday. A spokeswoman told NFC Times the company plans to expand the service to other European countries this year. 

Dutch Bank ABN Amro Commercially Launches Payments Wearables with System to Provision after Sale

Jan 18 2019

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – Dutch bank ABN Amro commercially launched its contactless payments service from wearables this week, following a lengthy pilot.

More Asian Cities Open Up to Open-Loop Cards and NFC- and QR Code-Based Fare Payments

NFC TIMES Exclusive – Unlike transit authorities in the U.S. and Europe, transit agencies and the governments that control them in Asia often run their closed-loop fare-collection schemes as separate businesses.

In-Depth: Contactless Card Issuance to Finally Get Rolling in U.S. This Year

Jan 23 2019

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – The U.S. is finally on the brink of large-scale contactless EMV card issuance, with optimistic projections from the payment networks, and at least one of the largest U.S. issuers committed to converting its credit and debit card portfolios  to dual-interface cards by the end of 2019.

In-Depth: In-Car Payments Gears Up but Takes Time to Get Rolling

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – Car manufacturers, payments networks and platform providers continue to make deals as they gear up for the much-anticipated arrival of in-car payments–which would enable motorists to buy gasoline, pay for parking and purchase food for takeout, all from their dashboards.

Golden Globes Trophies Get Provisioned Like Payments Wearables to Ensure Authenticity

NFC TIMES Exclusive – The 76th Annual Golden Globes held Sunday featured the usual share of Hollywood celebrities preening for the cameras, showing off their new designer gowns and latest nips and tucks, while holding their trophies high if they won.

Japanese Megabank Mizuho Plans to Launch New Digital Currency Soon for Mobile Payments Service

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – Japanese megabank Mizuho will reportedly move forward with its planned launch of a new digital currency to enable QR code-based mobile payments in stores and for funds transfers–with plans to cut the fees merchants will pay to accept the new payments scheme, as compared with credit cards.