NFC Contactless payments take their first steps in Russia

Vimpelcom, a major Russian mobile operator, announced it will deploy the NFC-based contactless payment system it implemented in St. Petersburg last year within the Moscow subway. Widespread commercial launch in Moscow is scheduled for the end of the year.

Russia is going to deploy the NFC-based contactless payment system. Source: PhotoXPress While most offline and online purchases made in Russia are still paid in cash, contactless payment experiments have been flourishing in several Russian cities over the last two years. Last October, Megafon, another leading operator, also launched NFC payments in the St. Petersburg subway, in addition to using the system for loyalty programs with several local banks and retailers.

Back in 2010, MTS, a competitor of Vimpelcom and Megafon, introduced contactless payment in Lukoil petrol stations in Perm, as well as in the Moscow subway. Their version of NFC technology will be deployed in the public transportation systems of “a range of cities across the country,” MTS announced this week.


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