WORLDNET IPHONE TERMINAL

E-payment service provider WorldNet has announced the launch of Europe’s first “iPhone Virtual Terminal” card payment facility.
The application allows businesses to accept secure card payment transactions through their iPhone. The product supports the secure processing of card transactions through major domestic and international payment processors such as Elavon Merchant Services, AIB Merchant Services and Barclaycard International and is available now for download from the Apple iPhone App Store. With Vodafone due to join O2 as an iPhone service provider later this month, WorldNet will have access to over 500,000 potential business users for the iPhone Virtual Terminal application, in the Ireland and the UK.

PREPAID.COM

Vesta Corporation electronic payment solutions has introduced “Prepaid.com” recharge portal allowing mobile customers to send airtime to friends and family worldwide. Offering immediate, no-fee recharging for prepaid mobile phone accounts, “Prepaid.com” provides mobile operators with a plug and play solution that supports in-country and cross-border recharge for mobile services. These include prepaid airtime, subscriptions, and mobile broadband. This helps mobile operators capitalize on the billions of cross-border payments sent annually, and includes a variety of consumer-friendly features that have been shown to increase the lifetime value of customers. The new portal integrates easily with an operator’s infrastructure for fast time to market.

Vesta Launches Global Prepay Payment Portal

Vesta Corporation electronic payment solutions has introduced “Prepaid.com” recharge portal allowing mobile customers to send airtime to friends and family worldwide. Offering immediate, no-fee recharging for prepaid mobile phone accounts, “Prepaid.com” provides mobile operators with a plug and play solution that supports in-country and cross-border recharge for mobile services. These include prepaid airtime, subscriptions, and mobile broadband. This helps mobile operators capitalize on the billions of cross-border payments sent annually, and includes a variety of consumer-friendly features that have been shown to increase the lifetime value of customers. The new portal integrates easily with an operator’s infrastructure for fast time to market.

CITI TAP&PAY

Edgar, Dunn & Company (EDC) independent payments consultancy has released its “Citi Tap and Pay mobile NFC proximity payments pilot – Bengaluru, Results & Findings” white paper. The white paper captures views, perspectives and conclusions on the Citi “Tap and Pay” pilot service launched in the city of Bengaluru in July 2009. With over 3000 customers, 250 merchant locations and nearly 50,000 purchases made, the white paper reported positive customer feedback on all key fundamentals such as customer interest, usage and satisfaction. The pilot was conceived by Citi Growth Ventures, and spearheaded by Citibank India, in collaboration with Nokia, Vodafone, MasterCard and ViVotech.

ICT PROGRESSION

The ICT industry’s track record in addressing sustainability challenges through innovation varies enormously. Vodafone, Nokia and HP are all demonstrating promising product and service developments, in which many others show little progress. According to the latest research from the ‘Tomorrow’s Value Rating,’ Vodafone is ranked first in the ‘Tomorrow’s Value Rating’ of the ICT sector with a score of 60%, reflecting its strong, all-round sustainability leadership, and is followed by Nokia (55%), HP (52%), with AT&T (28%) and Verizon (23%) trailing at the foot of the table. Mobile health initiatives offer a significant opportunity for positive impact, in which Vodafone appears to also be taking a lead.

OBERTHUR & SICAP

Oberthur and smart card provider Sicap have entered into an agreement to provide a joint Full Device Management platform.
The solution offers real time
configuration, updates and management of both devices and SIMs. This
solution provides a unique customer care interface and can be operated
as a single platform with common hardware, software, and administration
either in the mobile operator premises or in Oberthur Technologies or
SICAP certified datacenters. It also enhances the user experience by
aligning services to the capabilities of each specific handset and SIM. When deploying new services, mobile operators need to reach as many
subscribers as possible. With heterogeneous application components
sitting in both handsets and SIM cards in end-user environments, the
level of interdependency between devices and SIM cards has increased to
a point where their side-by-side management is no longer sufficient.

Western Union Certifies Vendors for Mobile Program

The Western Union Company has certified two participants in its Mobile
Vendor Program: India-based mChek and South Africa-based Fundamo.
WU has also selected mobile value added solution provider Comviva as a new
participant in the program. The Mobile Vendor Program is intended to
extend the reach and accessibility of Western Union Money Transfer
services to mobile finance initiatives in Latin America, Africa, the
Middle East and Asia. mChek and Fundamo are the first to be certified
in Western Union’s program. Fundamo’s Enterprise Mobile Financial
Services platform is designed for configuration to
evolve with the needs of mobile subscribers wih 40 deployments in over
30 countries, most of which located in Africa and the Middle East.
mChek offers a hosted service for Mobile Money
Transfer and secure payments using credit cards, debit cards, bank
accounts and stored-value wallets. Other participants include
Singapore-based Utiba, U.S.-based Sybase 365, YellowPepper, a mobile
vendor in Latin America, and now, India-based Comviva. Mobile operators
who sign agreements with certified Western Union Mobile Vendors and
Western Union will be able to offer their subscribers the option to send
and/or receive money through Western Union’s money transfer system.
Western Union entered the mobile
financial services space in the second quarter of 2008, with an
endorsement for a global pilot program by the GSM Association, a global
trade association representing more than 750 mobile operators
worldwide.

TOURISM CARD PROMO

Global internet provider Afilias has acquired mTLD Top-Level Domain Ltd., the sponsoring organization and registry operator for the .mobi top-level domain. Under terms of the private deal, Afilias Limited has acquired all of the issued and outstanding capital stock of mTLD Top Level Domain Ltd, known publicly as dotMobi, and plans to continue operating dotMobi as a wholly owned subsidiary.
Afilias and dotMobi have worked closely together since the Mobi JV (predecessor to dotMobi) was started by Nokia, Vodafone and Microsoft to apply to ICANN for the .mobi TLD in 2004. Upon approval, Afilias provided registry services in support of the successful launch in 2006, and today there are nearly one million .mobi registrations. Now more established, dotMobi will benefit from the increased focus that a seasoned registry expert like Afilias will provide.

Nuance Mobile & Vesta Corporation Integrate Platform Application

Nuance Communications and Vesta Corporation electronic payments have partnered to co-promote and integrate Nuance’s Mobile Care application with Vesta’s Mobile Payment Platform. The partnership seeks to offer a comprehensive payment service to mobile operators worldwide and expand the on-device self-service capabilities of Nuance Mobile Care by enabling the subscribers of mobile operators to quickly and seamlessly make payments and handle other payment-related functions directly through their mobile handsets. Expanded functionality includes bill presentment and account balance, balance alerts, bill payment, prepaid top-up, payment history and enabling general account inquiries. The partnership is also designed to cutback on wait times

VESTA

E-payment solution provider Vesta has announced the availability of version 5.0 of its industry-leading secure Mobile Payment Platform. The 5.0 version of the Mobile Payment Platform offers a dynamic business reporting portal and Vesta’s token service that provides robust self-care functions and isolates operators from PCI compliance requirements. Enhancements for mobile subscribers include Vesta’s quick code functionality which enables even faster payments through multiple channels; wallet functions supporting multiple users and payment devices; and the integration of social networking applications where subscribers can request, send and receive payment-related gifts. With the growth of mobile payments, and the increased diversity of new payment channels and methods, Vesta continues to place utmost importance on safeguarding the security and privacy of customer payment information. Vesta’s Mobile Payment Platform is fully compliant with the PCI data security standard (PCI DSS) as mandated by the payment card networks, ensuring best practices when handling sensitive card holder information. This compliance relieves the operator from the costs and burdens of maintaining compliance themselves, even through emerging channels like handset applications.
Vesta helps mobile operators better understand customer behavior by analyzing payment usage and demographic data, allowing the operator to effectively up sell and cross sell, establish targeted marketing campaigns and optimize their prepaid and postpaid subscriber portfolios.

Vesta Makes Available v5.0 Mobile Payment Platform

Vesta Corporation electronic payment solutions has made available its version 5.0 secure “Mobile Payment Platform.” Allowing wireless operators worldwide to increase subscriber ARPU and accept more payment types, the “Mobile Payment Platform” allows PCI compliance through a managed service. For operators, the 5.0 version of the Mobile Payment Platform offers a dynamic business reporting portal and Vesta’s token service that provides robust self-care functions and isolates operators from PCI compliance requirements. Enhancements for mobile subscribers include Vesta’s quick code functionality which enables even faster payments through multiple channels; wallet functions supporting multiple users and payment devices; and the integration of social networking applications where subscribers can request, send and receive payment-related gifts.

Vesta Corporation Deploys NetSpend Online Reloading

OR-based e-payment provider Vesta Corporation has rolled a new online reloading service for NetSpend’s prepaid cards.Vesta’s program includes an innovative gifting feature that allows a customer to invite friends and family to contribute to a prepaid
account. Invitations are delivered by email and include a link to begin
the reload process. If desired, contributors can set up an account to
expedite future reloads, further simplifying these person-to-person
payments. Vesta’s technology includes proprietary account verification and risk
management practices that enable the provider to fully fraud-indemnify
NetSpend from any costs resulting from fraudulent transactions. In
addition, Vesta brings full PCI Data Security Standard (PCI
DSS)-compliant payment processing to Web reloads. NetSpend cardholders can now add up to $250 to their prepaid debit cards
from any bank debit card. Unlike other online reload services, new funds
are added in real-time to the cardholder’s account, making funds
immediately available.