Zantel clippings file https://www.nfcw.com/tag/zantel/ At the heart of the contactless ecosystem since 2008 Tue, 11 Oct 2011 18:28:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.1.1 https://www.nfcw.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/cropped-nfcw-favicon-white-32x32.png Zantel clippings file https://www.nfcw.com/tag/zantel/ 32 32 37289602 RIM to switch on BlackBerry NFC mobile payments in Dubai https://www.nfcw.com/2011/10/11/310617/rim-to-switch-on-blackberry-nfc-mobile-payments-in-dubai/ Tue, 11 Oct 2011 18:27:35 +0000 http://www.nfcw.com/?p=10617 Subscribers of UAE-based network Etisalat are set to be among the first in the world to make mobile payments on their BlackBerry NFC phones.

RIM to switch on BlackBerry NFC mobile payments in Dubai was written by Sarah Clark and published by NFCW.

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BOLD 9900: Has received mobile payments certification from MasterCard

NFC mobile payments are set to be introduced in the United Arab Emirates following the signing of a strategic collaboration agreement between Abu Dhabi-based mobile network operator Etisalat, MasterCard and Research in Motion.

“This latest evolution in mobile payments in the UAE will bring consumers ease, security and speed when making daily payments,” say the partners. “Soon consumers will not have to fumble for cash and coins or hand their card over when making payments. Consumers holding an enabled smartphone available in the UAE simply need to tap their smartphone at any MasterCard PayPass [terminal] — and they can be off with their purchase.”

Consumers who acquire an NFC phone from Etisalat will be able to use it as a mobile wallet and link their PayPass-enabled credit, debit or prepaid MasterCard accounts to their mobile phone to fund payments. Consumers will be prompted to enter a PIN on their handset before completing each transaction.

“This is just the beginning of a new era in how we make payments in the UAE,” says Essa Al Haddad, Etisalat’s group chief marketing officer. “The NFC technology used in this application allows a tremendous shift in how we will start to make payments, something that has been talked of for years will soon be a reality. Your mobile could buy you lunch, a cinema ticket, transport, and much more. We look forward to working closely with MasterCard and RIM in shaping the future of mobile payments in the UAE.”

Raghu Malhotra, the Middle East general manager for MasterCard Worldwide, says: “This product has the potential to significantly change the way consumers in the UAE make payments. MasterCard has led the transformation of mobile phones into secure mobile payment devices, providing consumers with a quick, secure and convenient payment option.”

And RIM’s Sandeep Saihgal adds “NFC technology is making BlackBerry smartphones even smarter, whether it’s used for building access, public transportation, ticketing, sharing information or mobile payments.”

Etisalat, which has 140 million customers in 18 countries, has been ready to launch NFC services in Dubai since 2009 but has been forced to delay the launch due to a lack of commercially available NFC phones. The operator does, however, already offer NFC services in Tanzania, through its Zantel subsidiary, and plans to launch in four more African countries this year.

The new NFC service is expected to form part of Etisalat’s next generation ePlus platform, announced earlier this week.

RIM currently offers two types of BlackBerry NFC phone, the Bold 9900/9930 and Curve 9350/9360/9370. The handset maker announced plans earlier this week to switch on the devices’ tag reading and pairing functions in the next BlackBerry 7 OS update “subject to network operator certifications”, via a new service called BlackBerry Tag, and RIM is also working with HID Global to add secure ID services to NFC phones.

The BlackBerry Bold 9900 recently received mobile payments certification from MasterCard, making it only the second NFC phone to be certified after the Google Nexus S. Other BlackBerry NFC phones are yet to be certified.

No launch date for the commercial arrival of the service is mentioned in the announcement of the strategic partnership. Reuters reports, however, that the service is expected to go live before the end of 2011.

RIM to switch on BlackBerry NFC mobile payments in Dubai was written by Sarah Clark and published by NFCW.

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Etisalat to roll out NFC payments in four more African countries by end of 2011 https://www.nfcw.com/2011/08/25/39354/etisalat-to-roll-out-nfc-payments-in-four-more-african-countries-by-end-of-2011/ Thu, 25 Aug 2011 12:12:46 +0000 http://www.nfcw.com/?p=9354 The UAE-based mobile network operator is to follow the July launch of commercial NFC services in Tanzania with launches in four more countries by the end of this year, Etisalat has told NFC World.

Etisalat to roll out NFC payments in four more African countries by end of 2011 was written by Heather McLean and published by NFCW.

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AL HADDAD: NFC is another Etisalat 'first' for Tanzania — and is going into four more countries by the end of the year

Etisalat is to roll out its Touch and Go NFC contactless payment service to four more countries by the end of 2011.

Etisalat subsidiary Zantel launched the first Touch and Go service in Tanzania in July. The service builds on Zantel’s existing mobile financial service zPesa.

Essa Al Haddad, Etisalat’s Abu Dhabi based chief marketing officer, told NFC World that the company believes that Touch and Go is just the beginning of the NFC storm in Africa, following on from the initial success the company has had in Tanzania.

Consequently, and as part of the Etisalat’s commitment to transform the communication industry in the countries in which it operates, Al Haddad stated that the business is putting all its efforts into expanding the NFC service into a full scale commercial operation in four more countries before the end of this year, taking the total up to five.

However, the company is not yet ready to reveal which countries will get the service next.

Etisalat entered Tanzania in 1999 to provide a total communication service, with an offering that includes fixed, mobile and data, with Zantel. Al Haddad stated: “In less than one year after launch, Zantel had managed to build its own international gateway and was the first to reduce rates on international calls, by 60%.

“Zantel was also the first to introduce wireless internet in Tanzania, the first to introduce per-second billing in the country, and the first to offer a high speed data network.”

Etisalat has continued its record for ‘firsts’ in Tanzania, with the launch of Zantel’s Touch and Go NFC service. Al Haddad explained: “Etisalat’s group strategy is to meet the changing demand of customers in all markets we operate in. Touch and Go is another example of leading the market with relevant innovation that’s based on deep understanding of real customer needs.”

While Africa has so far not so been considered to be a strong market for NFC due to the cost of the handsets and related devices, Touch and Go is a unique proposition that Al Haddad reckons will take off.

He said: “Etisalat’s NFC proposition offers a convenient, secure, easy to use and versatile service that anyone can access. We see a unique proposition for the service in the simplicity of its customer facing transactions. Already, customers can use Touch and Go with merchants to purchase goods, services or even mobile credit top-ups, without needing to type any numbers into pads or go through complicated commands.

Etisalat believes that, in addition to the ‘wow’ effect associated with Touch and Go, the new service addresses consumer literacy issues, which can represent a major hurdle to the take-up of new services, especially in the rural communities in Africa. The system’s easy-to-use interface will enable everyone to enjoy convenient payment services and participate in entrepreneurial activities within their own communities, says Al Haddad, leading to improved financial inclusion, especially in the unbanked and under-banked market segments.

Etisalat to roll out NFC payments in four more African countries by end of 2011 was written by Heather McLean and published by NFCW.

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Etisalat Zantel launches NFC payments in Tanzania https://www.nfcw.com/2011/07/12/38553/etisalat-zantel-launches-nfc-payments-in-tanzania/ Tue, 12 Jul 2011 12:24:52 +0000 http://www.nearfieldcommunicationsworld.com/?p=8553 "Operators in African countries such as Tanzania benefit from being able to leapfrog legacy systems and can directly adopt NFC for their customers," says the mobile network operator.

Etisalat Zantel launches NFC payments in Tanzania was written by Sarah Clark and published by NFCW.

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ZANTEL: NFC can help overcome literacy and education issues

Africa’s first commercial NFC payments service has been launched in Tanzania by Etisalat subsidiary Zantel. The new service is called ‘Touch and Go’ and is designed to build on Zantel’s existing and rapidly expanding zPesa mobile financial service.

“Touch and Go offers a convenient, secure, easy to use and versatile service that anyone can access,” says Essa Al Haddad, chief marketing officer at Etisalat Group. “The secret for the success of this service is the simplicity of the process. A customer can use ‘Touch and Go’ with merchants to purchase goods, services, tickets or even mobile credit top-ups without needing  to type any numbers or complicated commands. The customer just needs to bring device close to the merchant’s point of sale terminal and validate the transaction with a password.”

Zantel’s customers in Tanzania can already use zPesa to perform person-to-person money transfer, merchant/utility payments or banking services from their mobile phones.

“Touch and Go is new, innovative and ideally suited to customers that want to use the technology to complement the existing experience and also to people who will use the service as the sole means of generating an income for their families,” Essa al Haddad continued.

“Operators in African countries such as Tanzania benefit from being able to leapfrog legacy systems and can directly adopt NFC for their customers,” says Etisalat. “In addition to ‘wow’ effect associated with Touch and Go, the new service addresses issues of consumer literacy and education, which represent a major challenge for the take-up of new services especially in the rural communities. Touch and Go’s easy to use interface will enable everyone to enjoy convenient payment services and participate in entrepreneurial activities within their own communities.

“In addition, Touch and Go addresses key challenges of service acceptance to the country’s numerous street merchants. End-to-end transaction time of the process is much faster than traditional mobile financial service offerings or even credit or debit cards and the benefit for the merchant is immediate. With the availability of affordable POS devices, acceptance amongst merchants is expected to be high.”

Etisalat has partnered with Oberthur Technologies and MasterCard for the launch of the new NFC service which, the operator says, “is a precursor to the Etisalat Group’s progressive plans to roll out mobile financial services and NFC technology across its 18 markets in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.”

Etisalat Zantel launches NFC payments in Tanzania was written by Sarah Clark and published by NFCW.

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