EPC and GSMA Release Mobile Contactless Payments Specifications

The European Payments Council (EPC), the decision-making and co-ordination body of the European banking industry in relation to payments, and the GSMA, which represents the worldwide mobile communications industry, have published a joint paper titled ‘Mobile Contactless Payments Service Management Roles – Requirements and Specifications’.

The paper describes the provision and lifecycle management – including distribution, configuration, activation, maintenance and deletion – of banks’ mobile contactless payment applications when integrated with a mobile phone. It also outlines the role of the ‘trusted service manager’ (TSM), which is to support banks and mobile operators aiming to promote mobile contactless payments.

The paper closes an existing gap in the new near field communication (NFC) ecosystem; its release follows a public consultation period, during which market feedback was received and carefully considered.

The EPC and GSMA anticipate that this joint project will boost commercial relationships between issuing banks, the mobile network operators and TSMs, resulting in the expedited deployment of mobile contactless payments in the single euro payments area (SEPA) and around the world. In addition, the agreement on TSM specifications allows interested parties to develop services in the role of a TSM.

Dag-Inge Flatraaker, chair of the EPC M-channel Working Group, said: “Building a common architecture for mobile contactless payments is a key objective of the EPC’s initiatives for mobile payments in SEPA. The implementation of interoperable and user-friendly mobile payment solutions makes it even easier for bank customers across 32 SEPA countries to access state-of-the-art SEPA payment services.”


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