NTT DoCoMo (Tokyo, Japan) and MasterCard (Purchase, USA) have teamed up on a service that will let the operator’s customers use their smartphones to pay for goods abroad.
The companies plan to expand DoCoMo’s mobile credit payment system to include MasterCard PayPass merchant locations. As of June, there were an estimated 500,000 such locations in 41 countries.
Collaboration with the payment card companies is necessary if operators are to break into the market for international payments, and the industry is likely to see more deals of this nature in the months ahead.
Analyst firm Berg Insight expects the number of NFC-ready point-of-sale terminals to grow to 43.4 million units in 2017.
To use the service, DoCoMo customers will need to have a smartphone equipped with a contactless chip that is compatible with NFC technology used outside Japan. They must also download a new app on to the device.
Last December, the operator formed an alliance with KDDI and Softbank, its chief rivals, to work on ensuring that Japan uses international standards for contactless payments.
DoCoMo and MasterCard aim to launch the new international payments service between April and September next year.