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January 13, 2014updated 04 Apr 2017 4:09pm

China Mobile, UnionPay agree on standards for NFC-based mobile payment systems

China Mobile, a telecommunications operator, has signed an agreement with payment service provider UnionPay to offer payment systems based on NFC technology embedded in mobile phones.

By Verdict Staff

China Mobile, a telecommunications operator, has signed an agreement with payment service provider UnionPay to offer payment systems based on NFC technology embedded in mobile phones.

Through this deal, China will become a major provider of NFC payments mainly in the US and Europe allowing powered and non-powered devices to share small amounts of data, reported Global Times.

The deal will allow SIM cards house the NFC chips, but they will not have any pre-installed bank apps, limiting the telecom operators’ control of the system.

Additionally, China will now see an explosion in NFC payments, which will accompany its already-flourishing mobile payments sector.

Meanwhile, UnionPay and China’s telecoms operators have been preparing the infrastructure and support for a launch and have also tested NFC payments on Beijing public transport.

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