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Canada: Largest Bank, RBC, and major Telco Bell Plan NFC Commercial Launch

Est. Launch: 
Q4 2013
Main Application: 
Mobile Operator: 
Bell Mobility
Service Provider (application): 
Royal Bank of Canada (MasterCard PayPass, Visa payWave and Interac Flash)
225,000 contactless terminals in Canada, terminals in other countries
NFC Handsets: 
BlackBerry Z10
NFC Handsets: 
BlackBerry Q10
NFC Handsets: 
BlackBerry Bold 9900
NFC Handsets: 
BlackBerry Bold 9790
NFC Handsets: 
BlackBerry Curve 9360
NFC Handsets: 
Samsung Galaxy S III
NFC Handsets: 
Other Android phones from Samsung, Sony, HTC and LG
EnStream (Bell ID platform) for Bell
Secure Element: 
Other Vendors: 
MasterCard Worldwide (PayPass application), Visa (payWave application), Interac (Flash application, expected), Inside Secure (NFC phone chips for BlackBerrys) NXP Semiconductors, Broadcom (NFC phone chips for Android phones)

Canada’s largest bank and one of its three major mobile operators announced plans in May to commercially launch NFC payments by the end of the year, following a trial this summer. The Royal Bank of Canada, or RBC, and Bell Mobility plan to launch the SIM-based NFC payments service with debit and credit cards on up to five BlackBerry NFC phones and a range of Android devices from Samsung, Sony, HTC, LG Electronics and others. RBC said NFC will be the “first piece of a broad RBC mobile-commerce solution rolling out to clients this year,” including nonpayment services. The mobile-payments service will be part of the bank’s existing mobile-banking app and will work with the bank’s peer-to-peer payments service, which will enable RBC customers to send money to any individual or business in Canada.

NFC Times Take: 

The announcement of the rollout plans by RBC and Bell follows the launch last November of the first NFC commercial service in Canada, by the country’s largest mobile operator, Rogers Wireless, and another of its major banks, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, or CIBC, using older BlackBerry phones. In March, Rogers announced it would expand its suretap NFC payments service to Android smartphones, including the Samsung Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II, along with new BlackBerry 10 devices. Neither this partnership nor the pairing between Rogers and CIBC is exclusive, and Canada’s three major telcos and likely all of its five major banks plan to launch with other counterparts later. Canada, which has among the highest penetration rates of contactless point-of-sale terminals and use of contactless bank cards worldwide, is expected to become a hotspot NFC.


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