Poland: Telco and Bank Beat Rivals to Launch Country’s First NFC Trial

 

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WarsawPoland
Scope: 
Trial
Launch: 
May 2010
Main Application: 
Payment
Mobile Operator: 
PTC
Service Provider (application): 
Inteligo (MasterCard PayPass)
Merchants: 
Anywhere PayPass is accepted, including 8,000 to 10,000 terminals that take PayPass in Poland, such as McDonald’s restaurants, coffeeheaven cafés, Żabka convenience stores and Sferis computer stores
Users: 
100
NFC Handsets: 
Samsung S5230 (Avila)
TSM*: 
N/A
Secure Element: 
SIM
Other Vendors: 
MasterCard Worldwide, Giesecke & Devrient (SIM), Venyon (phone application)

The four-month trial launched by mobile telco PTC and Internet bank Inteligo enables 100 customers and employees to tap their Samsung S5230 NFC phones to pay for retail purchases of up to 50 Polish zlotys (US$14.77) without entering a PIN code. A MasterCard PayPass debit application is stored on the SIM card in the phones. For transactions above 50 zlotys, trial participants will be required to enter their PINs in point-of-sale terminal keypads.

NFC Times Take: 

PTC and other project organizers had raced to beat rival Polkomtel to launch the first NFC trial in Poland. Polkomtel and partner Bank Zachodni WBK announced their forthcoming NFC trial in May. Though larger, the Polkomtel trial will not launch until June or July. A third NFC project, likely from Poland’s Orange-branded mobile operator PTK Centertel, is expected to launch later this year. With at least three NFC trials, and the rollout of millions of contactless cards and about 20,000 terminals by the end of 2010, Poland hopes to become one of the premier hotspots for contactless payment in Europe.

 

 

* 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: June 2010

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