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Taiwan: Taiwan’s No. 1 Telco To Trial SIM-based NFC Wallet

TaipeiTaiwan
Scope: 
Trial
Status: 
Planned
Launch: 
Oct 2012
Main Application: 
Payment
Mobile Operator: 
Chunghwa Telecom
Service Provider (application): 
EasyCard Corp. (EasyCard)
Service Provider (application): 
Cathay United Bank (MasterCard PayPass)
Service Provider (application): 
Chunghwa Telecom (employee ID)
Service Provider (application): 
Chunghwa Telecom (membership card)
Merchants: 
About 25,000 PayPass terminals in Taiwan alone, and 30,000 EasyCard terminals at merchant locations on the island
Users: 
About 100
NFC Handsets: 
Samsung Galaxy S III
NFC Handsets: 
HTC One X
NFC Handsets: 
Sony Xperia S
TSM*: 
Chunghwa Telecom (for membership or ID application, perhaps for PayPass non-live demo)
Secure Element: 
SIM

Chunghwa Telecom’s NFC wallet trial will test two payment applications and a Chunghwa Telecom ID application, which is probably a membership card, stored on NFC SIMs and running in a trio of high-end Android phones. Users, which will include employees, will be able to tap to pay with Taiwan’s EasyCard e-purse, which is accepted for transit fare collection and small retail purchases. They’ll also be able to pay at retail stores accepting MasterCard PayPass, with a credit application issued by Cathay United Bank. 

NFC Times Take: 

Taiwan’s largest telco has already trialed NFC several times, but wants more tests with real NFC SIMs supporting the single-wire protocol and also to test its own trusted service manager with its ID application. The wallet trial could serve as a prelude to an NFC launch. The telco, however, probably won’t commercially launch NFC until the proposed  NFC joint venture it is part of gets approval from the Taiwanese government, observers say. That proposed venture consists of all five of Taiwan’s mobile operators, including Taiwan Mobile and FarEast Tone, as well as the country’s major contactless-payment scheme, EasyCard Corp. 

 

* 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: Oct. 2012

 

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