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Qatar: Bank and Telco Trial PayPass, with Plans for Expansion

Scope: 
Trial

Doha

Qatar

25.2803

51.5225

Est. Launch: 
Q1 2012

Main Application: 
Payment

Mobile Operator: 
Qtel

Service Provider (application): 
Qatar National Bank (MasterCard PayPass)

Merchants: 
Limited number of locations starting in City Center Mall in Doha and to be expanded

Users: 
N/A

NFC Handsets: 
BlackBerry 9900
BlackBerry 9790

TSM*: 
N/A

Secure Element: 
SIM

Other Vendors: 
MasterCard Worldwide (PayPass application, other), Oberthur Technologies (SIM, likely), Inside Secure (NFC phone chip)

Trial participants can tap to pay with a MasterCard PayPass application issued by Qatar National Bank that is preloaded on Qtel SIM cards and inserted into either of two BlackBerry models.

NFC Times Take: 

The project is a trial, with the parties taking a “phased approach” to expanding it, according to MasterCard. There are still few point-of-sale terminals that support PayPass in the small Persian Gulf state, but Qatar National Bank has pledged to provide terminals in the country as part of the phased rollout. The targeted merchant locations will be cinemas and coffee shops food corners within large malls.

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