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Kasikornbank and AIS introduce NFC payments in Thailand

Kasikornbank, Thailand’s second largest bank, and Advanced Info Services (AIS), the country’s largest telecommunications operator, have partnered with Gemalto to introduce NFC services in Thailand.

Gemalto is supplying the two companies with Trusted Service Management services for the project via its TSM centre in Taiwan and is responsible for managing and preparing Kasikornbank customer data for over-the-air (OTA) personalization and provisioning services.

As a first step, selected Kasikornbank customers have been invited to collect an NFC phone from their local bank and begin testing out the NFC service.

“We have a simple user interface on the phone that guides a user to some 40 retail outlets where they can immediately perform mobile NFC payments like for food, entertainment and grocery shopping,” says Kasikornbank’s Art Wichiencharoen. “They will appreciate this fast and fuss-free new means of payment.”

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