Lebanese cellcos launch NFC payments

26 Feb 2014

Lebanon’s Bank Audi has partnered with MasterCard and Lebanese mobile network operators Alfa and Touch to introduce the country’s first NFC payments service, named ‘Tap2Pay’, which the partners announced at MWC 2014 in Barcelona, reports NFC World. The new Tap2Pay service will go live ‘later this year’, while Bank Audi is planning to increase the number of contactless terminals installed in Lebanon from the current 2,100 to 3,000 during the year to support the launch. Alfa is working with Gemalto on the deployment while Touch is partnering Oberthur, and both implementations will enable customers to make payments as well as accessing features such as checking transaction history and changing passwords from NFC capable handsets.