Topic “Project Oscar”

EU Regulators Approve UK Telco Joint Venture; Clears Way for NFC-Based Wallet Platform

The European Commission announced today it has unconditionally approved the creation of a proposed mobile-commerce joint venture by the three largest operators in the UK, Everything Everywhere, Telefónica UK and Vodafone UK.

Dutch Telcos and Banks Drop Plans for NFC Joint Venture

Jul 20 2012

Dutch mobile operators and banks have decided not to form a joint venture to roll out NFC services together, saying “developments in the market” were responsible for ending the deal that was nearly three years in the making.

Report: Google and PayPal Challenge UK Joint Venture Plans

Google and PayPal have reportedly expressed concerns to European antitrust regulators, saying they fear that if major UK mobile operators are allowed to form their proposed NFC mobile-commerce joint venture, they would have too much power to control secure elements in NFC phones, the Financial Times reported Sunday.

Telefónica UK Launches O2 Wallet; Promises NFC Later in 2012

Telefónica UK, known as O2, launched its long anticipated O2 Wallet today, offering text-based money transfers and online product searches and purchasing, but no NFC yet.

Doubts Raised for Proposed NFC JVs in Europe as Regulators Probe UK’s Project Oscar

Apr 17 2012

A decision by the European Commission to launch an in-depth investigation into the proposed NFC m-commerce joint venture by the United Kingdom’s three largest mobile operators could create delays in NFC rollouts in the UK and problems in other European countries, where telcos are planning similar joint ventures.

Product Safety and Testing Company UL Buys Consultant for Isis, Project Oscar

U.S.-based global product safety and testing company UL has acquired Netherlands-based NFC and smart card consulting and test tools firm Collis, which has worked with NFC joint ventures that have formed or are planned in the United States, United Kingdom and the Netherlands.

Vodafone Sees Payment in NFC Wallets as ‘Business Opportunity’

Vodafone sees its planned prepaid payment service in its forthcoming NFC mobile wallets as a “business opportunity,” though it intends to enable many other applications, including payment from major banks, Christian Wirtz, group director for mCommerce told NFC Times.

UK Telcos File Formal Request to EU; Await Crucial Decision on NFC JV

Mar 12 2012

The United Kingdom’s three largest mobile operators have filed their application with European antitrust regulators, seeking approval for their proposed joint venture to help them roll out NFC mobile wallets and services.

New Zealand Telcos and Bank-Owned Processor Plan NFC Joint Venture

Apr 3 2012

New Zealand’s three mobile operators and its bank-owned payments processor have announced plans to form a joint venture to launch a centralized trusted service manager for the rollout of NFC services.

HEADLINE NEWS

Despite Launch of Three Major ‘Pays’ in Taiwan, Visa Plans to Also Support QR Code Payments on Island

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – Visa says it plans to support QR code-based mobile payments late next year in Taiwan–a market where all three major “Pays” wallets have launched supporting Visa-branded cards with NFC.

Apple Tag Reading Will Not be as Open as Android; Could Create Problems for User Experience Say Some Tag Experts

NFC TIMES Exclusive – While NFC tag suppliers and other NFC backers rejoiced over Apple’s recent announcement that it would support NFC tag reading with its next mobile operating system, iOS 11, early indications are that tag reading with Apple NFC devices will not be as open as with Android devices, and the user experience will not be as simple.

Apple Takes Another Small Step to Offer More Value-Added Services for Apple Pay Users

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – Some U.S. restaurant chains plan to integrate their white-label loyalty platform with Apple Pay by the end of the year, and the program will use the NFC interface to enable users to tap to pay and collect or redeem loyalty points with as little as one tap, NFC Times has learned.

Study: Merchants Could Boost Sales by Easing Fears Over Digital Security

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – A survey conducted by American Express suggests that U.S. merchants could increase their online sales by taking steps to enhance the security of customers' information.

Despite False Starts, Focus on Mobile Transit Ticketing Continues in China

NFC TIMES Exclusive ­– Chinese payments and mobile companies continue to look for ways to enable transit ticketing with smartphones, with projects in progress or expected using host card emulation, embedded secure elements and possibly even another contactless SIM from China Mobile, NFC Times has learned.

Belgium’s Belfius Bank Fully Launches HCE Mobile Payments Service

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – Belgium’s Belfius Bank said it signed up 25,000 users within a three-week period recently for its HCE-enabled mobile payments service that it has launched as part of its mobile-banking app.

EU Antitrust Regulators Launch In-Depth Investigation into Qualcomm’s Planned NXP Acquisition

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – European Union antitrust regulators have launched an in-depth review of Qualcomm’s planned $47 billion acquisition of NXP Semiconductors, the largest supplier of NFC controllers and secure elements globally.

Visa Expands Token Service Provider ‘Partner’ Program, Though Most Vendors Not Yet Integrated with VTS

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight ­– Visa this week announced a new list of 13 “partner” companies to help it distribute and manage Visa-generated tokens, which the network giant is promoting for use in what it hopes will be large-scale rollouts of Internet of Things devices that can do payments.

Analysis: Apple Apparently Sees Need for Additional Pairing Technology with Support for NFC Tag Reading

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight ­– Nearly three years after embracing NFC technology for mobile payments but declining to support NFC’s tag-reading mode, Apple, in a surprise move, is adding tag-reading support to its NFC-enabled devices, including the iPhone 7 series and forthcoming iPhone 8, as well as its Apple Watch.

Exclusive: Major U.S. Processors Say In-Store Transactions for Pays Wallets Remain Disappointing

NFC TIMES Exclusive – Apple Pay and the other major Pays wallets still only account for around 1% of card transactions in the U.S., three major processors told NFC Times. At least two of the processors say they haven’t seen growth in Apple Pay over at least the past year.

Alipay North America Chief Insists Company has No Plans for U.S.-Based Wallet

NFC TIMES Exclusive –  Alipay has no plans today to introduce a mobile wallet in the U.S., and is instead expanding its merchant acceptance footprint in the U.S. only to serve Chinese visitors, Souheil Badran, president of Alipay North America, told NFC Times.

NFC Secure Element Shipments Likely Dropped for First Time in 2016, and Vendor Group Cuts Forecast for 2017

NFC TIMES Exclusive Insight – Shipments of NFC secure elements almost certainly fell in 2016, based on recent figures released by vendor association Eurosmart, though the group is again declining to release specific shipment figures for NFC cards and embedded chips, instead combining the NFC unit shipments with those for machine-to-machine modules.