PointsPay & Etihad Witness Intense mWallet Expansion

PointsPay mwallet/mpayment solution was launched in October in conjunction with Etihad Airways, converting virtual currency such as miles and points into over 150 global currencies for use as payment at over 30 million merchants worldwide. PointsPay shows a rapid upswing of user adoption with 2.6% of the active program members registered; 148,000,000 points loaded (growing at 47% monthly); 3,400 prepaid cards issued; 24% of transactions carried out at merchants in store; and 83% of members remain with a positive points account balance after a transaction PointsPay was used at over 1,200 different merchants worldwide in 62 countries.

Vodafone Implements Gemalto Global NFC mPayment

Gemalto has been selected by Vodafone Group mobile communications service providers to provide and operate its global Trusted Service Management (TSM) platform and deploy NFC services solutions. This multi-year global contract will provide the foundation for secure and convenient ‘wave and pay’ contactless transactions via mobile phone, as well as for numerous new services that demand the highest levels of security and integrity. Key elements of the end-to-end solution that is being integrated by Gemalto include the Allynis TSM service platform and the company’s UpTeq NFC high-end card product. Gemalto’s solution will allow both Vodafone subsidiaries and third party service providers such as banks, transport operators and retailers to seamlessly plug into a secure and reliable NFC ecosystem.

Oberthur Powers New Universal mMoney Service

Oberthur Technologies security and ID solutions and services announced its selection as the exclusive technology partner of MOBITO mobile payment service. Launched in September by MOPET CZ, a consortium of three of the largest brands in the mobile space – T-Mobile, Telefónica and Vodafone – and four major banks – Česká spořitelna, GE Money Bank, Raiffeisenbank and UniCredit Bank, MOBITO is now available to all mobile users across the Czech Republic regardless of who they bank with. It offers a convenient and secure way to make payments from existing mobile devices and access a wide range of services like transportation, ticketing, online purchases and in-store purchases at cafés, bistros, supermarkets, etc.

Ultra and Realex Payments to Showcase Cloud Contact Solution

Ultra Communications and Realex Payments are teaming up to demonstrate the live Ultra Cloud-based contact centre with PCI DSS compliant payment handling and full performance monitoring capabilities. The live demonstration, called ‘Ultra Live’, will showcase Inbound call management; automated dialling, including predictive, preview and power/progressive; PCI compliant payment handling; Contact recording; and Realex “RealControl.” As well as the Ultra Live demonstration, Ultra and Realex Payments consultants will be on hand at stand E20 to show visitors how to transition to the latest Cloud-based contact centre services and implement PCI solutions more effectively.

XL Axiata Implements CSG International Prepaid Services

CSG Systems International software and services-based business support solutions that help clients generate revenue and maximize customer relationships has been selected by PT. XL Axiata Tbk (XL) mobile network operators to implement a single mediation solution for prepaid and postpaid services. XL mobile operator serves over 46 million subscribers and selected CSG Total Service Mediation (TSM), to replace multiple legacy mediation systems and support online processing for billions of events per day, at throughput rates of over 46,000 Transactions Per Second.

Realex Payments Sees Growth in Volumes and Revenue

Realex Payments online payment gateway posted 2Q/12 revenue by 28% to EUR9.8m and transaction volumes by 44% to 70m. This is thanks to revenue in the UK market up 95% and in continental Europe by 31%. During the year Realex Payments signed up an additional 3,550 online retailers as clients, bringing its total client base to 8,360. Some significant wins during the year included signing up Paddy Power, notonthehighstreet.com, Hostel Bookers, Cocosa and 7 Day Shop. The online payment provider has scores of house hold names as clients including Aer Lingus, Virgin Atlantic, 32 Red, AA Insurance and Vodafone. In January 2012 the business announced a significant deal with HSBC Merchant Services, which sees Realex Payments provide a managed service to their UK online retailer base.

Micropayments on the rise with Facebook, Vodafone and Zynga

Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/x8wcwh/making_money_from) has announced the addition of the “Making Money from Micropayments” report to their offering. Micropayments are transactions with a low value, but the exact definition depends on the business case and the target group. This report considers low value payments to be transactions below €5/$6.50/£4, based on The Economist magazine’s historical…

O2 Launches mWallet Solution

Telefónica O2 has launched a mobile wallet application that enables a variety of use-cases, including person-to-person (P2P) payments, digital credit and debit cards, price comparison, mobile shopping, and daily offers from partnering retailers. The O2 Wallet mobile application is available on iOS, Android, and BlackBerry. Users who lack a compatible handset can still use some…

Western Union and Roshan Partner for mMoney Transfer

Western Union global payment services and Roshan total communications partnered to kickoff the Western Union Mobile Money Transfer regionally. This will add international remittances to the “M-Paisa” service, part of the Vodafone mobile money family. This lets customers receive their salaries, pay bills, receive and repay microfinance loans, send and receive money and purchase airtime directly from their mobile phones. With the introduction of the new service, M-Paisa customers will be able to receive Western Union Money Transfer transactions from around the world directly in their mobile wallet accounts.

Visa & Monitise Oversee mPayments Service

Movida m-payments joint with Visa and Monitise inked an agreement with HDFC Bank to introduce its mobile payment service, letting users pay bills, top up prepaid airtime and buy tickets from their mobile phone. Implementing menu-based USSD mobile technology (protocol to communicate mobile phones with service provider computers), cardholders can access the service over Movida’s secure connection. Its secure and encompasses various security measures to maintain account integrity, including a unique PIN number set up on the phone to access the account information. Only the user’s bank-registered phone can be connected to the service.

Mako Networks Adds New Features to Network Appliance

Mako Networks released a new model of its award-winning Mako 6500 network appliance incorporating a 3G mobile data connection to keep business flowing during ADSL or Ethernet network outages, or offer connectivity in areas not served by fixed-line networks. The new Mako 6500 features a failover option, so that in the event of a fixed-line network outage the appliance will automatically switch over to a wireless 3G connection. When the primary connection becomes available again, the Mako 6500 will fall back to its original connection method. Mako 6500 3G units continuously check the health of their wireless connection to ensure a mobile network is available and on standby in case it is needed. The Mako 6500 is compatible with all 3G networks, including Telecom, Vodafone and 2degrees.