Hong Kong telco rolls-out mobile NFC payment


Gemalto has worked with PCCW-HKT, one of Hong Kong’s major mobile network operators and Octopus Cards Limited (OCL to bring mobile NFC ticketing to its subscribers, as well as

An NFC phone making a payment
New NFC payment service in Hong Kong

a number of additional value added NFC payment services.

With more than 23 million Octopus cards in circulation, Octopus delivers a broad range of micro payment services to 95% of Hong Kong’s population. The Octopus Mobile Payment Service is the world’s first commercial SIM-based implementation and deployment of the FeliCa application on NFC SIMs.

Gemalto’s UpTeq multi tenant NFC SIM will enable PCCW-HKT subscribers to load the Octopus payment functions onto their mobile NFC device for payment in Hong Kong’s public transportation and retail services, as well as other purposes such as Octopus access control and loyalty applications.

“Hong Kong has the second highest population density in the world and also one of the most developed multimodal public transport networks,” comments Sunny Cheung, CEO of Octopus Cards. “We are pleased with the rollout of Hong Kong’s first Octopus Mobile Payment Service using designated NFC smartphones on transport infrastructure as a key to shifting consumer behavior towards the widespread use of mobile contactless services, and towards providing an additional, simple and attractive usage method of our public transportation system by local users.”

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