Canadian Telco Joint Venture EnStream Expands TSM Offer Via BlackBerry Deal

Canadian telco joint venture EnStream has signed a new three-year deal with BlackBerry, as it expands its TSM service into provisioning secure payment applications for Canadian banks.

The deal renews and expands on a contract between BlackBerry and EnStream announced in late 2012 that has had BlackBerry hosting and managing EnStream’s secure element, or root, TSM service.

EnStream is now believed to be providing provisioning of NFC payment applications for one major Canadian bank via the new contract with BlackBerry. Others could follow. 

NFC continues to hold promise in Canada, where the three major mobile operators and big five banks have launched SIM-based NFC services or plan to do so. The country is also considered a budding hotspot for future NFC launches using host-card emulation, thanks to its large base of contactless point-of-sale terminals, growing use of contactless cards by consumers and high rate of smartphones ownership. 

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  • New contract with BlackBerry enabling EnStream to offer service provider-TSM services
  • Prospective Canadian banks that could use EnStream’s new SP-TSM service hosted by BlackBerry
  • Canada’s growing contactless infrastructure and prospects for additional NFC SIM and HCE launches
  • Comparison between EnStream and U.S. counterpart Isis
  • Approximate SIM rental fees asked by one or more Canadian telcos
  • BlackBerry’s expansion of its enterprise mobility services with TSM hosting and management 

Among companies and organizations mentioned:

BlackBerry
EnStream
Rogers Communications
Bell Mobility
Telus Mobility
Royal Bank of Canada
TD Bank Group
CIBC
Desjardins
Visa Canada
Giesecke & Devrient 

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