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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

Xiaomi's Mi Pay Joins Crowded ‘OEM Pay’ Market in China, as Device Maker Seeks to Slow Slide in Sales

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – Adding mobile payments capabilities to flagship smartphones appears to be a must-have feature as OEMs fight for market share in China’s hotly contested phone market.

OTI Continues to Cut Costs and Position Itself for Growth, but Won’t Project When It Will Finally Turn Profit

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – Contactless reader and NFC vendor On Track Innovations reported lower expenses and says it has positioned itself to earn more revenue from services in addition to its reader sales and possible NFC patent income–all in hopes of making the company profitable for the first time in its history. The question of when that will happen remains unanswered, however, and OTI doesn’t provide guidance.

Apple Strikes Back at Australian Banks Seeking to Bargain Collectively, Branding Them a ‘Cartel’

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – Apple has responded to a request to regulators by four major Australian banks to jointly negotiate terms for their adoption of Apple Pay and to boycott participation during the negotiations with a strongly worded letter, branding the group’s proposed action worthy of a “cartel” that would “harm consumers, lead to less competition and less innovation and set a troubling precedent.”

Visa Policy on Alternate PANs Leaves Cardholders Out in the Cold in Taiwan

NFC Times Exclusive – Fourteen banks in Taiwan launched mobile payments using host card emulation late last week or plan to do so in coming weeks, but none of the cards that the banks’ customers can load into their new Android wallet apps will sport the Visa logo–one of the two main bank card brands in Taiwan. 

Reports: ZTE Pay to Join Crowded Mobile Payments Market in China

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – Credible reports say that Chinese smartphone manufacturer ZTE plans to join the “OEM Pay” club, and that the company has signed an agreement with payments network China UnionPay to deploy an NFC-enabled mobile payments service in China.

STMicroelectronics Sees Booster Technology as Way to Become Competitive in NFC Wearables, Smartphone Markets

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – Chip maker STMicroelectronics is hoping its $77.8 million-plus acquisition of the NFC assets of Austria-based ams AG will help it accelerate its move into the Internet of Things market, especially for wearables.

Taiwan Banks to Launch Mobile Payments with HCE, but Only with Mastercard-Branded Cards, Using Local Tokenization

Aug 4 2016

NFC Times Exclusive Insight –  More than a dozen Taiwanese banks and their mobile payments joint venture along with Mastercard plan to announce Thursday the launch of mobile payments using host card emulation, with more banks to follow.

NXP Reports Growth in NFC Revenue for Second Quarter Thanks to OEM Pay, Transit Ticketing in China

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – NXP Semiconductors reported growth in its Secure Connected Devices unit, which includes its NFC chips and secure elements, as the Netherlands-based chip maker is benefitting from the rollout of mobile payments services by smartphone OEMs and renewed interest in NFC transit ticketing in China.

Analysis: Apple Pay U.S. Transactions Growing but Base ‘Very Small’; and Rivals Not Apparently Catching Up

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – Apple’s boast this week that its mobile payments service accounts for three out of four contactless payments in the U.S. says little about the number of contactless transactions it is recording stateside, but does indicate that Apple has maintained its lead over rival NFC-enabled wallets.

Swiss Competition Officials Decline to Investigate Apple Pay Antitrust Complaint for Now

NFC Times Exclusive – A few days ahead of the official launch of Apple Pay in Switzerland earlier this month, Swiss consumer protection group Konsumentenschutz SKS filed a complaint with the Swiss competition officials, contending that Apple’s policy of locking down the embedded chips in its NFC devices is “monopolistic” and is a violation of the country’s antitrust laws. The regulator, however, has declined to launch a formal investigation, deciding to continue to observe the market for now, NFC Times has learned.

Australian Banks Form Bloc to Counter Apple’s ‘Divide-and-Conquer Strategy

Aug 10 2016

NFC Times Exclusive Insight – In an unprecedented move, four major Australian banks, including three of the country’s big four financial institutions, have asked the

Mastercard’s Planned Acquisition of VocaLink Could Speed Up Commercial Launch of Zapp’s Mobile Payments Service

NFC Times Exclusive –  Mastercard’s planned acquisition of UK payments company VocaLink may offer the final boost needed for VocaLink’s Zapp unit to launch its long overdue mobile payments service, the Pay by Bank app.