Topic “Morpho-Cassis”

Taiwanese Telco Joint Venture Steers Course Away from TSM; JV President Blames Vendor Safran

Jul 11 2016

NFC Times Exclusive – Alliance Digital Technology Co., the joint venture of five Taiwanese mobile operators and transit fare-collection operator EasyCard Corp., is steering away from the TSM business, which was the reason it formed three years ago, NFC Times has learned. It will add a focus on providing mobile ID and authentication, the JV told NFC Times.

RIM Pushes TSM Services to Telcos in Competition with SIM Suppliers

Research In Motion continues to promote its own trusted service management service–the only handset maker to offer one–announcing Wednesday approval by Visa of the service to manage secure elements on NFC phones.

Morpho Buys ABnote European Operations to Build Card, TSM Business

Smart card and ID security company Morpho hopes to increase its EMV bank card business, as well as expand its trusted service management unit, with its acquisition of the European personalization and card manufacturing operations of American Banknote Corp.

Vivotech Ends Operations as Sequent Buys Remaining Software Business

U.S.-based startup Sequent has acquired what appears to be the remaining operational assets of former contactless reader and NFC software vendor Vivotech, purchasing Vivotech’s software unit.

T-Mobile Poland Launches NFC Wallet with Polbank; More Applications Planned

Oct 21 2012

T-Mobile in Poland, as expected, today unveiled its planned NFC commercial service, planning to launch before the end of the month with a credit application issued by Polbank EFG that supports MasterCard PayPass.

Poland: T-Mobile to Roll Out NFC With Multiple Banks

Scope: 
Rollout
Launch: 
Oct 2012
Main Application: 
Payment
Users: 
5,500 (as of early Jan. 2013-believed users with NFC SIM cards, not necessarily using the mobile-payment services.

T-Mobile launch of NFC commercially in Poland before the end of October, 2012, made

Results: 

T-Mobile Poland confirmed it had signed up 5,500 “users” for its NFC-enabled wallet as of early January, a little more than two months after launching the service.

The telco, which launched NFC services in late October, disclosed the number of users in announcing that two more banks, Getin Bank and a sister financial institution, Noble Bank, had joined its MyWallet service.

As of late January 2013, that brought to four the number of banks issuing MasterCard PayPass payment applications for T-Mobile Poland SIM cards. The other two banks are Raifeissen Polbank, formerly known as Polbank EFG; and mBank, which is owned by BRE Bank; a T-Mobile Poland spokesman told NFC Times.

The 5,500 is believed to be the number of NFC SIM cards the telco has issued, not the number of subscribers who use the mobile-payment services. The latter figure is believed to be much lower. But the spokesman told NFC Times that the 5,500 “user” signups for the telco’s MyWallet service were better than expected after a little more than two months.

T-Mobile Poland, also known as PTC locally, has a total of 15.5 million subscribers. The service is only available to postpaid subscribers.

The spokesman said the telco hasn’t released actual usage numbers for the NFC applications. Subscribers with an NFC SIM and any of eight NFC handsets certified by MasterCard that the telco has put on sale can tap to pay anywhere PayPass is accepted.

That includes about 100,000 point-of-sale terminals in Poland, which represents roughly one-third of all POS terminals in the country–one of the highest penetrations rates of contactless terminals anywhere.

HEADLINE NEWS

OEM Pay Services Drive Renewed Interest in NFC Transit Ticketing, Especially in China

Sep 28 2016

NFC Times Exclusive – The planned launch of NFC transit ticketing in Japan next month with Apple Pay shined the spotlight on the emergence of closed-loop NFC transit ticketing–which has been seen as a prime application for NFC phones but one that has disappointed NFC backers for years.

Analysis: Agreements with Visa, Mastercard and Earlier Deal with Discover Could Help PayPal Reverse Years of Failures at Physical Point of Sale

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – Agreements that were announced with Visa, Discover and, last week, Mastercard may finally help PayPal reverse years of failed attempts to enable customers to pay with its PayPal Wallet in stores.

Analysis: FeliCa Mobile Payment and Ticketing Nothing New in Japan, as Apple Strains for Apple Pay Developments to Spotlight

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – Apple Wednesday confirmed that its new iPhone 7 smartphones and second-generation Apple Watch will support Sony’s proprietary FeliCa technology in Japan, as earlier reported, enabling transit and retail payments when Apple Pay launches in Japan next month. The tech giant will also expand Apple Pay into New Zealand and Russia this year, though was able to announce only one issuer so far between the two countries.

MeaWallet Makes Transition from TSM to HCE Supplier but Challenges, including Lawsuit, Remain

Sep 8 2016

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – Rising from a failed TSM and wallet provider, Norway-based MeaWallet has transformed itself into a certified supplier of host card emulation technology, now part of Sweden-based Seamless Distribution.

Huawei and Xiaomi Sign Up More Banks and Transit Agencies for ‘Pays’ Services in China

NFC Times Excusive Insight – China’s mobile payments market continues to heat up, with Chinese smartphone makers Huawei and Xiaomi announcing lineups of major banks as well as transit agencies participating in their respective NFC-based ‘Pays’ services.

Apple Refuses to Open NFC Technology; Contends Australian Banks Want to Boost Own Wallets

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – Apple vowed it will not agree to open up its NFC technology or yield to other negotiating points that four large Australian banks have raised as part of their request to antitrust regulators to negotiate collectively with Apple and to boycott participation in Apple Pay while the negotiations are going on.

Source: Apple Plans to Support FeliCa and NFC in Japan, Like Other OEMs, but Not Necessarily Apple Pay Yet

Aug 26 2016

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – Apple plans to support proprietary FeliCa technology as well as NFC in its iPhones sold in Japan like other handset makers in Japan have been doing since 2012, probably starting with the iPhone 7; but the tech giant won’t necessarily introduce Apple Pay with the device, a source told NFC Times.

Analysis: Samsung Marks One-Year Anniversary of Payments Service by Touting 100 Million Transactions but Still has Much to Prove

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – Twelve months after launch, Samsung Pay is available in seven countries and eight total markets with users having made a combined 100 million or so transactions over the past year, but the tech giant is not disclosing its total number of users.

Australian Retail Giant Coles, Merchant Group Support Banks' Fight Against Apple

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – One of Australia's largest supermarket chain, Coles, and the Australian Retailers Association have thrown their support behind four major banks seeking permission from Australian antitrust regulators to negotiate as a bloc with Apple as they try to break what they see as the tech giant's divide-and-conquer strategy for recruiting banks for Apple Pay.

Visa, Mastercard Set Deadlines for Ending Support for Alternate PANs

NFC Times Exclusive – Both Visa and Mastercard have set deadlines for ending support for alternate PANs that a number of banks are issuing for their mobile payments apps, as the schemes continue to push their own tokenization services to issuers, NFC Times has learned.

Xiaomi's Mi Pay Joins Crowded ‘OEM Pay’ Market in China, as Device Maker Seeks to Slow Slide in Sales

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – Adding mobile payments capabilities to flagship smartphones appears to be a must-have feature as OEMs fight for market share in China’s hotly contested phone market.

OTI Continues to Cut Costs and Position Itself for Growth, but Won’t Project When It Will Finally Turn Profit

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – Contactless reader and NFC vendor On Track Innovations reported lower expenses and says it has positioned itself to earn more revenue from services in addition to its reader sales and possible NFC patent income–all in hopes of making the company profitable for the first time in its history. The question of when that will happen remains unanswered, however, and OTI doesn’t provide guidance.