Singapore: SingTel Announces Plans for Launch NFC with Payment Service Provider EZ-Link
SingTel announced it is enabling subscribers to pay for retail purchases with the ez-link electronic purse issued by payment service provider EZ-Link Pte. on three Android NFC phones to begin with. Subscribers can download the EZ-Link mobile app from the Google Play store and will be able to view their transaction history and balance and top up the purse over the air. But as of early 2013, SingTel had not definitively launched its commercial service.
SingTel, Singapore’s largest operator, is one of three major telcos in Singapore that have announced commercial launches for August. The launches are part of a consortium led by France-based TSM Gemalto chosen by government telecoms and IT regulator Infocomm Development Authority to build an interoperable NFC infrastructure. The contract for the consortium comes with funding from the IDA. Besides SingTel, telcos StarHub and M1 have also announced launches. Both SingTel and M1 said they would charge fees to subscribers for their NFC SIMs and service activation–perhaps a first among the few NFC commercial launches worldwide. StarHub is expected to do the same.