MTS to make mobile commerce a reality for Manitobans
WINNIPEG-- MTS, a full-service communications provider for residential and business customers in Manitoba, has signed an initial agreement with EnStream LP to bring secure mobile payment technology to Manitoba in 2013. This technology will facilitate mobile commerce (m-commerce) transactions and give MTS customers the ability to pay for goods and services at participating retailers using certain smartphones and mobile devices.
"M-commerce will quickly become the way people go about their day-to-day business, and MTS is proud to be among the first providers in Canada to give their customers access to this important and innovative technology," said MTS President Kelvin Shepherd.
The initial agreement between EnStream and MTS gives MTS access to EnStream's Secure Element Management (SEM) platform, and in turn, EnStream will provide participating banks and other financial institutions the means to facilitate transactions for MTS customers. These customers will be able to make payments using Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, which allows one device to send and receive information with another device in close proximity. MTS customers will be able to tap their NFC-enabled smartphone to a payment terminal to make payments without the need for chip cards.
EnStream's SEM service provides wireless management of customers' credentials within mobile devices. As the service develops, EnStream's SEM system will allow customers to load all of their payment cards and other credentials such as their loyalty program cards, transit passes, and library cards directly on their mobile device.