Projectsort icon City Service Provider Mobile Operator
Australia Credit Union Gets First to the Starting Gate In Asia-Pac for HCE Payments Australia CUA (Visa payWave) N/A
Australia: Bank Launches iPhone App Supporting Contactless and P2P Payments Australia Commonwealth Bank (MasterCard PayPass) N/A
Australia: Commonwealth Bank And MasterCard Tee Up First Aussie NFC Trial Melbourne Commonwealth Bank (MasterCard PayPass) N/A
Australia: Commonwealth Bank to Add Galaxy S5 as part of Groundbreaking Embedded Chip Project Australia Commonwealth Bank of Australia (Mastercard PayPass) None
Australia: Major Bank Launches Small Internal Trial with Galaxy S III Sydney Westpac (MasterCard PayPass) Optus
Australia: Telstra and NAB Hold Pay-Buy Mobile Trial Melbourne and Sydney National Australia Bank (Visa payWave) Telstra
Australia: Visa and ANZ Bank Launch Small Internal Trial of microSD Cards Melbourne and Sydney ANZ bank (Visa payWave) N/A
Australia: Vodafone Announces Plans for NFC Service; But Still Trialing Technology Sydney ANZ bank (Visa payWave) Vodafone Hutchison Australia
Australia: Westpac Poised to Launch payWave on Samsung Embedded Chips Australia Westpac (Visa payWave) None
Austria: Bank Plans Launch of payWave on microSDs and iPhone Sleeves Austria Raiffeisen Bank International (Visa payWave) N/A
Austria: Merchants Tap Phones To Activate and Redeem Gift Vouchers Wels City of Wels (Coupons/gift vouchers) mobilkom Austria
Austria: Students and Faculty Study NFC At Austrian University Hagenberg University Of Applied Sciences Of Upper Austria (payment, access-control, loyalty and P2P information exchange) mobilkom
Austria: Telco to Launch NFC Payment Scheme, Bypassing Major Banks, Card Networks Vienna A1 (paybox NFC) A1
Austria: Trial Puts Train Tickets On Embedded Chip Vienna
ÖBB
Austrian national railway (VDV-KA transit ticket)
mobilkom Austria
Austria: ‘Rollout’ Uses NFC Reader Mode To Sell Tickets and Snacks Vienna
Austrian national railway (ticketing)
Vienna transport authority (ticketing)
Selectra (vending machine payment)
mobilkom Austria
Belgium: Belgacom Tests Contactless ‘PingPing’ Stickers for Meal Tickets Brussels
Belgacom (PingPing payment)
Accord Services (meal vouchers)
Belgacom
Brazil: Claro and Two Banks Test PayWave São Paulo, Brasília
Banco Bradesco (Visa payWave)
Banco do Brasil (Visa payWave)
Claro
Brazil: TIM Brasil and Banco Itaú Launch Small NFC Trial São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro Banco Itaú (MasterCard PayPass) TIM Brasil
Brazil: TIM Brasil Launching Second NFC Trial; Commercial Launch Planned São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro Banco Bradesco (Visa payWave) TIM Brasil
Canada: Bell, Citi and MasterCard Join for Modest PayPass Test at the Office Toronto Citi (MasterCard PayPass) Bell Mobility
Canada: MasterCard and Bank Tests PayPass Sticker on BlackBerrys Toronto, Waterloo Bank of Montreal (MasterCard PayPass) N/A
Canada: RBC Commercially Launches NFC Payments Using Cloud-SIM Hybrid Canada RBC, Royal Bank of Canada
Bell Mobility
Rogers Wireless (expected)
Telus Mobility (expected)
Canada: Royal Bank of Canada and Rogers Wireless Test payWave Toronto Royal Bank of Canada (Visa payWave) Rogers Wireless
Canada: Telco Joint Venture Trials Contactless Stickers Toronto and other cities EnStream, Peoples Trust bank (MasterCard PayPass)
Bell Canada
Rogers Communications
Telus
Chile: Telco, Bank Gear Up for NFC Payments Launch Santiago Banco Santander Chile (MasterCard PayPass) Telefónica Chile (Movistar)

HEADLINE NEWS

OTI Announces Partnership to Supply Readers, Though Share Price Trades Near Historic Lows

Jan 26 2016

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – Israel-based On Track Innovations has announced a partnership with an undisclosed global provider of magnetic card readers whose products are used in financial self-service terminals, such as ATMs, but the deal has not yet had a substantial impact on OTI's share price, which is trading near historic lows.

Rabobank to Use NFC SIMs from KPN for Rabo Wallet, While Competitors Promote Their Own Wallets

Jan 21 2016

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – Rabobank, one of the big three banks in the Netherlands, announced it will make debit cards for its Rabo Wallet available on NFC SIM cards issued by No. 1 Dutch telco KPN starting in the spring, after having anchored the wallet to embedded chips in Samsung flagship phones starting last year.

Gemalto Continues to Promote Cloud-Based Payments Offer, Though No Commercial Projects Launched Yet

Jan 20 2016

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – France-based Gemalto, which has been heavily invested in trusted service management and NFC SIM cards in the past, is continuing to push cloud-based payments, announcing certification by MasterCard for its full host card emulation offer–with the help of technology from Moroccan-based payments software company HPS.

After SIM-Based NFC Fails, Turkish Banks Try Out HCE as They Seek to Advance Mobile Payments

NFC Times Exclusive – Turkey was among the first countries where NFC got a tryout commercially, led by the largest telco, Turkcell, which launched service in 2011 using, of course, its SIM cards as secure elements.

Case Study: ING Bank Customers Opt for No PIN and Very Low-Value Purchases with New HCE App

Jan 19 2016

NFC Times Exclusive – More than two-thirds of users of the ING Bank’s HCE-based mobile payments service in the Netherlands opt for no PIN entry and prefer to tap their phones for very low-value amounts, according to bank, which launched one of the first HCE mobile payments services in Western Europe in late November. 

Year Ahead for NFC: More HCE Rollouts, Expansion of the ‘Pays,’ Tokenization Power Plays Evolve, Fragmentation Continues

Jan 13 2016

NFC Times Exclusive Fifth Annual Year Ahead for NFC Feature: 2016 will see more commercial launches of mobile payments with host card emulation, as banks seek to enable their own apps to do payment, while in some cases competing with the ‘Pays.’

Top 10 Misses for NFC in 2015: SIM-Based NFC Falls Further; Apple Pay Expansion Comes Up Short

Jan 13 2016

NFC Times Exclusive – While 2015 was arguably the year that saw the most important rollouts yet of NFC technology, led by Apple Pay, 2015, like past years, was mar

No. 3 Taiwanese Issuer Seeks to Outflank Larger Rivals with Own HCE Service; Picks Visa Over MasterCard to Sponsor Launch

Dec 29 2015

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – TAIPEI, Taiwan: Taiwan’s third largest credit card issuer, E.Sun Commercial Bank, today announced the launch of mobile payments with host card emulation, the first bank on the island nation to launch HCE commercially. NFC Times had reported the planned launch Dec. 3.

Apple and Samsung Announce Plans for Mobile Payments Launches in China

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – Apple has announced overdue plans to launch Apple Pay in China early next year, touting a list of 15 major banks that will enable customers to load their credit and debit cards in its Wallet app, including China’s big four state-owned banks. Meanwhile, Samsung followed with an announcement of its planned launch of Samsung Pay in China, which was also expected.

Google Announces Plans to Expand Android Pay to Australia, as Apple Regroups in Country

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – Google has announced it will expand Android Pay in the contactless payments hotspot of Australia during the first half of 2016 with at least two of the big four banks among other issuers planning to participate, while Apple had to make do with only one issuer, American Express, for its Apple Pay launch in the country.

China UnionPay, Banks Expand HCE-Based Mobile Payments in Advance of Apple Pay Launch

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – Even as major Chinese banks and payment network China UnionPay prepare to participate in what is expected to be the launch of Apple Pay in China in the first quarter, they are expanding their Android-based mobile-payments services using host card emulation.

Wal-Mart Launches Apple Pay Rival, Using QR Codes to Enable Payments from Own App–and Without MCX

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – Wal-Mart Stores, the world’s largest retailer by sales, has launched its own mobile payments service, Walmart Pay, from its app, using QR codes displayed at checkout to link to funding payment or gift cards.