Hong Kong’s major mobile network operators and Octopus Cards Limited (OCL), a leading contactless smartcard payment service provider in the world will bring the security and convenience of mobile NFC ticketing to its subscribers, as well as a number of additional value added NFC services. PCCW-HKT subscribers will be able to load the Octopus payment functions onto their mobile NFC device for payment in Hong Kong’s public transportation and retail services, as well as other purposes such as Octopus access control and loyalty applications.
With more than 23 million Octopus cards in circulation, Octopus delivers a broad range of micro payment services to 95% of Hong Kong’s population. The Octopus Mobile Payment Service is the world’s first commercial SIM-based implementation and deployment of the FeliCa application on NFC SIMs. FeliCa is a multi-purpose technology originally developed for payment and transportation applications in Japan, in an effort led by Sony and NTT DoCoMo. It is today broadly used in Japan, and in other countries particularly Hong Kong.
The mobile NFC ticketing service allows commuters to pay for journeys on all of Hong Kong’s public transport systems, including the metro, rail, bus, ferry, coach and tram, as well as paying for fares on minibuses and taxis that accept Octopus. Using their selected and tested Sony NFC-enabled smartphones as an e-purse, commuters will be able to top up their Octopus Mobile SIM via any of the Octopus readers in Hong Kong. In addition, users can conveniently pay over-the-counter at retail shops, food and beverages outlets, as well as purchase entrance tickets at selected entertainment venues. Drivers will also able to pay for their parking using their mobile NFC phones.
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