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Canada: Rogers and CIBC to Commercially Launch NFC Payment Service

Canada,
Scope: 
Rollout
Launch: 
Nov 2012
Main Application: 
Payment
Mobile Operator: 
Rogers Communications
Service Provider (application): 
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) (MasterCard PayPass, Visa payWave)
Merchants: 
Tens of thousands of contactless POS terminals in Canada, including at Petro-Canada, fast-food purveyor Tim Hortons and supermarket retailer Loblaws; MasterCard PayPass and Visa payWave terminals elsewhere
Users: 
N/A
NFC Handsets: 
BlackBerry Bold 9900
NFC Handsets: 
BlackBerry Curve 9360
NFC Handsets: 
BlackBerry Z10
NFC Handsets: 
Samsung Galaxy S III
TSM*: 
N/A
Other Vendors: 
MasterCard Worldwide (PayPass application), Visa (payWave application), Inside Secure (NFC phone chips)

Consumers will be able to tap to pay with the CIBC mobile credit cards at tens of thousands of Visa payWave and MasterCard PayPass point-of-sale terminals in Canada for up to C$50 (US$50.28) without a signature. The service should work on payWave and PayPass terminals elsewhere, as well. Besides being a customer of CIBC, they will also have to be subscribers of Rogers and will need an NFC SIM supporting Rogers’ suretap NFC wallet service. Rogers is charging subscribers C$12.99 (US$13.05) for the new SIM cards.

NFC Times Take: 

An NFC mobile-payment launch in Canada has been widely expected this year, with the country boasting one of the highest usage rates of contactless cards and among the highest penetration of contactless POS terminals; and with Rogers an early backer of NFC technology. Canadians appear to be taking to contactless card payment more than in most countries. MasterCard has said 10% of transactions with MasterCard-branded cards are contactless in Canada. Since 2005, Canadian consumers have conducted more than 240 million PayPass credit transactions with contactless cards or stickers, by far the highest number of contactless credit transactions of any country during the period, according to MasterCard. By one estimate, contactless point-of-sale terminals make up 20% of total POS terminals in the country.

 

* Trusted Service Manager: Defined loosely to include companies or other organizations securely distributing, provisioning and managing applications, generally over the air, on secure elements in NFC mobile phones; or licensing their platforms for this purpose.
 
N/A: Not available or not applicable.
 
Last update: Nov. 2012

 

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