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03 January 2013

Optus is Latest Australian Telco Gearing up for NFC Commercial Launch

Australia’s No. 2 telco has launched a second NFC trial this fall and plans a commercial launch in 2013, the second operator in the country to disclose plans for a commercial rollout of NFC payment.

The Vodafone branch operator in Australia, Vodafone Hutchison, last month announced an internal trial, which it called a “precommercialization” phase that will lead to an NFC rollout.

Australia, with its large penetration of contactless point-of-sale terminals, is expected to be a global hotspot for NFC launches. Besides Optus and Vodafone, No. 1 telco Telstra is also interested in the technology, though has so far only trialed NFC years ago and, more recently, experimented with tags.

There are more than 100,000 contactless terminals in Australia that support Visa payWave, Vodafone and Visa told NFC Times last month. All or most of the same terminals support MasterCard Worldwide’s contactless technology, PayPass, as well.


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