TNS and Telstra form wireless payments partnership

Australian telecoms operator Telstra has formed a partnership with Transaction Network Services (TNS), a data communications company, aimed at providing services to Australian organizations that operate wireless payment devices.

Under the agreement, TNS is to use Telstra’s M2M Wireless Control Center to improve its managed wireless service. The partnership should allow TNS to expand its network reach in Australia as well as streamline its operations through the use of a single web-based interface for SIM card ordering, provisioning, activation and management.

Australian telecoms operator Telstra has formed a partnership with Transaction Network Services (TNS), a data communications company, aimed at providing services to Australian organizations that operate wireless payment devices.

Under the agreement, TNS is to use Telstra’s M2M Wireless Control Center to improve its managed wireless service. The partnership should allow TNS to expand its network reach in Australia as well as streamline its operations through the use of a single web-based interface for SIM card ordering, provisioning, activation and management.

The platform should also help TNS with fraud management through its comprehensive usage alerts engine and real time reporting.

The TNS service is designed to help operators of wireless payment devices to minimize costs associated with provisioning, logistics, data usage fees and the fraudulent use of M2M assets in the Australian eftpos and ATM markets.

“Telstra is pleased to partner with global payments expert TNS as it seeks to better connect its customers to payments services,” said Mike Cihra, the director of M2M and partners at Telstra. “Using our new M2M Control Center gives TNS more control and flexibility so it can provide Telstra M2M SIM cards to Australian payment device owners when they need them. In turn, TNS customers can now tap into Telstra’s Mobile Network, powered by Next G, which is Australia’s largest mobile network, providing them with better indoor coverage and allowing them to use their devices in more places.”

John Banfield, TNS’s general manager for the Asia Pacific, added: “By leveraging the TNS online portal and network capabilities via Telstra’s Wireless M2M Control Center, we have created a unique offering that will benefit all organizations that use wireless payment acceptance devices. The solution can service new and existing clients.”

TNS says it is in the process of rolling out its wireless service but already claims a double-digit market share of wireless payment devices under management in Australia.

The company also claims to connect more than 1 million merchants and retailers worldwide to banks, acquirers and processors.