NFC mobile payments put to the test in Thailand and Japan

NFC mobile payments put to the test in Thailand and Japan

Thailand's Kasikornbank is to conduct customer trials of Near Field Communication (NFC) mobile payments in Bangkok.

Participants in the Kasikornbank trial will use NFC-enabled Nokia 6212 mobile devices to make purchases at more than 1000 existing merchant locations in Thailand.

The bank has contracted with Helsinki-based NFC specialist Venyon to support the trial, with a view to future deployment as a Trusteed Service Manager (TSM) for full-scale commercial roll-out. The TSM provides over-the-air support for third-party NFC applications on the mobile handset.

Separately, Japanese card issuer Orico says it has been working with Gemalto and mobile operator KDDI on a small-scale technical test of a MasterCard PayPass-compatible NFC service, with a view to conducting wider customer field trials in the near future.

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