Desjardin Group Chooses EnStream as Mobile Payment Solution Across Canadian Carriers

by Istvan Fekete on August 14, 2013

The Canadian mobile payment industry has taken one more step ahead: a mobile commerce venture by EnStream and Dejardins Group, a cooperative financial group with assets over $200 billion, has signed an agreement enabling Desjardins members and clients to download payment cards to smartphones running on Bell, Rogers, Telus, MTS, and SaskTel networks. Besides running on these networks, these smartphones need to feature an NFC chip.

The move simplifies the delivery of credentials for financial institutions, card issuers and others with the help of EnSecure’s secure standards-based platform for NFC and by joining forces with Canada’s carriers.

“EnStream’s platform works seamlessly across Canada’s financial institutions and wireless providers,” said Almis Ledas, COO of EnStream. “This gives credit, debit, loyalty and other card issuers the ability to securely deliver credentials to all enabled smartphones in Canada through a single service and business relationship. Since the solution is hosted and operated by BlackBerry, we offer issuers the security and reliability that BlackBerry has come to stand for.”

“EnStream’s standardized platform ensures financial institutions like Desjardins are able to offer the maximum number of customers a secure means to make mobile transactions from their smartphones, regardless of which wireless operator they use,” said Wade Oosterman, President of Bell Mobility and Residential Services, and Chief Brand Officer at Bell.

“From an overall industry perspective, EnStream reduces industry complexity and costs; once integrated into its platform, an issuer is able to leverage Enstream to access the secure element services of all its member operators,” notes Drazen Lalovic, VP Market Planning of TELUS Communications.

Turns out the Big Three can join forces in multiple fields: recently we have seen them throwing mud at Verizon and demanding Ottawa change its wireless policy. EnStream is also a Big Three project: it launched as the mobile wallet of the Canadian incumbents last year. It already has a mobile solution running under the name of Zoompass, allowing money transfer via Western Union, Interac, and prepaid Zoompass MasterCard.

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Written by: Istvan Fekete. www.digitcom.ca. Follow TheTelecomBlog.com by: RSS, Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube.

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