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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: NFC Wallet Use for Open-Loop Transit Grows but Still Makes Up Relatively Small Share of Contactless Payments

NFC TIMES Exclusive – When New York City transit officials announced Tuesday that the 1 millionth ride paid for through their new OMNY open-loop payments service had arrived ahead of schedule, they also proudly noted that 80% of the contactless payments had come from NFC wallets, not physical bank cards. 

PayPay Gets Off to Quick Start as One of Many Digital Payments Services in Cash-Loving Japan

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – As Japan continues to fight what to date has been a losing battle against cash, an announcement by the joint venture behind QR code-based payments service PayPay offers a little bit of encouragement. 

Research Firm Projects Use of NFC Mobile Wallets in U.S. to Remain Disappointing This Year

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – As Apple Pay approaches the fifth anniversary of its launch in the U.S., there is more research showing that most American consumers simply don’t see the value of tapping to pay with NFC-based payments services. 

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.