Orange launches commercial NFC payments service in Poland

“Several thousand” customers will be able to use their NFC phones to make payments at 35,000 contactless acceptance points across Poland.

ORANGE: Rolling out NFC mobile payments in Poland

PTK Centertel, an Orange Group affiliate, has begun a limited commercial NFC mobile payments rollout in Poland. The service is available initially to “several thousand” users who will be able to take advantage of the 35,000 contactless acceptance points already in place in Poland, in fast food restaurants, cinemas, supermarkets and other retail stores.

Gemalto is providing PTK Centertel with an end-to-end solution for the project, including trusted service management (TSM) services, NFC software and user interface applications delivered via NFC SIMs.

“With already a number of large-scale rollouts around the world, Gemalto is definitely the trusted reference for mobile NFC implementation,” says Krzysztof Sieczkowski, product and content development director at PTK Centertel. “We need a complete solution to speed up our time-to-market, and leverage the strong contactless payment network already existing in Poland to make our consumer the first to benefit from the NFC experience.”

“Gemalto is committed to assisting Orange Group with its NFC strategy with best-in-class technology and services for mobile contactless payments,” added Jean-Claude Deturche, senior vice-president of mobile financial solutions at Gemalto. “We have proven our success in France and the UK, and in Poland too our expertise in interconnecting all players in the NFC ecosystem — including the mobile operators, financial institutions and transit companies — will greatly facilitate the delivery of a superior user experience.”

Six Polish banks have now tested NFC and mobile network operator PTC ran an NFC trial last year.

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