Thailand: Bangkok Bank Holds Small payWave Trial

 

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BangkokThailand
Scope: 
Trial
Launch: 
Dec 2008
Main Application: 
Payment
Mobile Operator: 
AIS
Service Provider (application): 
Bangkok Bank (Visa payWave)
Merchants: 
1,000-plus that accepted payWave as of the launch date, including McDonald’s and Starbucks
Users: 
Small number
NFC Handsets: 
Nokia 6212
TSM*: 
Cassis International
Secure Element: 
Embedded
Other Vendors: 
Visa, NXP Semiconductors (NFC phone chip, secure element)

The trial let a small number of consumers download a Visa payWave application to an embedded chip in their Nokia NFC phones and tap the phones to pay up to a reported 1,500 baht (US$45) at a growing number of merchants that accept Visa payWave in Thailand, including big-name fast-food restaurants and coffee shops.

NFC Times Take: 

Bangkok is becoming a mini-hotspot for contactless payment, with such fast-food and coffee chains as McDonald’s Burger King and Starbucks accepting Visa payWave, along with cinemas, bookshops and other merchants. Bangkok Bank began issuing a contactless credit card, called “Blue Wave,” early in 2008, combining payWave with a separate contactless e-purse enabling users to tap to pay fares on Bangkok’s SkyTrain. The bank fast-tracked the NFC trial to beat Kasikornbank for bragging rights as the first bank to launch an NFC trial in Thailand. Kasikornbank launched a trial in January 2009, after having begun issuing Visa payWave cards in 2008. Both trials were very small. Now defunct closed-loop payment provider Payzy held an NFC trial in late 2006.

 

 

* 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.

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