Rogers is Testing Mobile Payments Technology, Could Launch Digital Wallet This Year

Back in May we reported that Rogers joined forces with CIBC to become early adopters in the emergence of NFC-enabled mobile payments in Canada.

Now the Toronto telco has revealed it is pilot testing the digital wallet technology and has selected Amsterdam’s Gemalto to ensure digital security. Rogers will employ the Upteq NFC, which is Gemalto’s highly secured solution to store consumer credentials such as their credit card data.

“It’s essential that consumers have peace of mind when it comes to storing payment cards on their mobile device and using it to make credit and debit transactions on the go,” said David Robinson, Vice-President, Emerging Business, Rogers Communications. “Working with Gemalto allows us to protect the consumer’s information by leveraging the SIM card, assuring a secure and seamless experience for mobile payments.”

Rogers’ new digit wallet could launch by the end of this year. It would enable users to tap-and-pay for goods and services with their smartphone exclusively—no wallet required. It’s a funky idea, and one that has been toyed with for years now, but concerns remain—not the least of which is, does anyone really want their smartphone to become the hub of absolutely all their private data and personal information?

Gemalto, for one, has confidence in its security.

“Gemalto has the global experience and capabilities, deploying and having deployed more than 50 mobile NFC projects worldwide. The company has a long history of being entrusted by thousands of banks and mobile operators around the world to provide best-in-class solutions for digital security,” said Sébastien Cano, senior vice president of telecommunications at Gemalto North America. “We have worked closely with Rogers to develop a highly scalable and secure solution for mobile payment that leverages the SIM as our industry’s most cost-effective security ingredient. Rogers is leading the way for the future of mobile payments.”

Tens of thousands of Canadian retailers are already equipped with contactless point-of-sale terminals that today accept contactless banking cards and are hence capable of supporting the mobile payment solutions on NFC-enabled devices.