Dutch banks and telcos push NFC m-payments back to 2013

Dutch banks and telcos push NFC m-payments back to 2013

Dutch banks and telcos have firmed up their commitment to introduce contactless mobile payments but expect to introduce services in 2013, later than initially planned.

A consortium comprising ABN Amro, ING, KPN, Rabobank, T-Mobile and Vodafone inked a letter of intent in September 2010 to form a joint venture creating a single uniform system for mobile transactions in the Netherlands by Q4 2012.

However, the players have pushed back their expected launch date by Q1 2013 because they still need to go to the European Commission within the next few weeks to get competition law clearance, which could come early next year.

Meanwhile, T-Mobile has pulled out of the group, stressing its belief in mobile payments but wanting to decide at a "later stage" how to approach the issue. The remaining members insist that their service will be open to all banks, mobile operators and other companies that want to use it.

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A Finextra member
A Finextra member 05 December, 2011, 12:56Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

Dear Sirs,

I thought that the European competition legislation does not since 2002 allow for advance clearance of cooperation between competitors. One would have to understand what is allowed and what is prohibited in one´s own capacity. And that this is a major hurdle in cooperative efforts involving competing businesses. So is there a another competition law in force for the Dutch or is there another reason for postponing the go live date?