MasterPass Launch Continues to Fuel Mobile Payments Discussion: GSMA Awards MasterCard for Mobile Money Innovation

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Barcelona, Spain – February 27, 2013 – The buzz around MasterCard at Mobile World Congress continues. For the third year in a row, MasterCard has been recognized, along with its partners, for a GSMA award for Best NFC/Mobile Money. This year, with Oberthur Technologies  and telecom provider Etisalat, the company has won the GSMA Award in the Best NFC/Mobile Money category.

At Mobile World Congress this week, MasterCard announced MasterPass, a digital service that allows consumers to use any payment card or enabled device to discover enhanced shopping experiences that are as simple as a click, tap or touch – online, in-store or anywhere.

The company also hosted a Global Mobile Payments Symposium featuring executives and experts from Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, Middle East and Africa and North America. They represented retail, telecommunications, banking and payments industries and presented topics including NFC, mobile money and the future of payments.


MasterCard at MWC13: Middle East and Africa Panel at the MasterCard Global Mobile Payments Symposium. What’s next for mobile money in the Middle East and Africa? This panel featured Brian Lang (MasterCard), George Held (Etisalat), Nick Dent (Ooredoo ), Srinivas Nidugondi (Mahindra Comviva) and Jayant Khosla (airtel).

The MWC 2013 MasterCard booth is buzzing with press and industry analysts seeing firsthand the latest MasterCard payment innovations.

MasterCard showcases the future of mobile payments with MasterPass.




Mobile Money 2.0 was the focus of a Latin American panel. Richard Wadsworth, left, (MasterCard), Marcello Ribeiro, center, (Caixa), Roger Sole, second from right, (Tim) and Gregory Keough, right, (Wanda) at the MasterCard Mobile Payments Symposium discussing the future of mobile payments in Latin America.

MasterCard at MWC13: MasterCard’s Chief Emerging Payments Officer, Ed McLaughlin, introduced the North America panel at the Global Mobile Symposium which focused on what it will take to move mobile payments from hype to reality.