Tag Archives: Southeast Asia

Vinaphone to deploy eSIM technology in Vietnam

By | October 3, 2018

VinaPhone, a member of VNPT is working with partners to select technical options to use eSIM for VinaPhone subscribers. eSIM, the nascent technology which is expected to change the world in the near future,  for the first time was used in Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch marketed in 2016. eSIM is used in Apple’s latest two flagships – iPhone… Read More »

Orient Commercial Joint Stock Bank to Launch OCB-JCB Credit and Debit Card in Vietnam

By | August 27, 2018

Ho Chi Minh City and Tokyo, Aug 27, 2018 – (ACN Newswire) – Orient Commercial Joint Stock Bank (OCB), a commercial joint stock bank in Vietnam, and JCB International Co. Ltd., the international operations subsidiary of JCB Co., Ltd. (JCB), today announced the launch of OCB-JCB Credit and Debit Card in Vietnam. The holders of OCB-JCB Card can… Read More »

Powered and Next Generation Cards

By | July 17, 2018

Last year APSCA organised the world’s first conference and exhibition on Powered and Next-Generation Cards. In 2018 this trailblazing industry event takes a deeper dive into next-generation card products that are now being launched by innovative issuers around the world, particularly biometric payment cards. The Powered and Next-Generation Cards conference will combine thought leadership, innovation and best practices… Read More »

Thailand – BTS to replace single-trip magnetic cards with Thin Cards

By | June 21, 2018

Bangkok – BTS Group Holdings Public Company Limited will replace the single-trip magnetic cards with smart cards, also known as Thin Cards to accommodate skytrain expansion. The CEO of the BTS, Surapong Laoha-Unya, said on Tuesday that the company would like to apologize to skytrain commuters, as the use of single-trip or one-day magnetic cards may encounter inconveniences at… Read More »

Thailand – Holders of the ‘poor man’s debit card’ can ride subway from next month

By | June 14, 2018

Holders of state welfare smartcards will be allowed to use them to pay for subway fares starting late next month. Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand governor Pakapong Sirikantaramas said on Thursday that holders of the welfare cards, dubbed “the poor man’s debit card”, can register with the MRT to use the subway service from July 6 to… Read More »

Thailand – ‘Poor’s debit card’ will soon work on QR-code payment system, says Commerce Minister

By | June 11, 2018

Lower-income people will be able to use their electronic welfare cards to buy goods from shops that support the QR-code payment system starting next month, Commerce Minister Sontirat Sontijirawong said on Monday. Holders of the state welfare chip cards, which are dubbed “the poor man’s debit card”, have complained that not enough of the so-called blue-flag shops have… Read More »

Vietnamese banks urged to smarten up magnetic stripe cards amidst information theft

By | May 25, 2018

Card replacement costs about $1 each and there are about 70 million local cards.  Vietnam is urging for a bank card upgrade from magnetic stripe to chip in order to prevent information theft.  Authorities need to rush the completion of a chip card system, said Nguyen Kim Anh, Deputy Governor of the State Bank of Vietnam in a… Read More »

Keeping track of foreigners in Thailand – new e-passport data to be used

By | February 14, 2018

The Immigration Bureau and the Interior Ministry have been instructed to speed up the implementation of a single-platform online database of foreigners entering and leaving the Kingdom. The order was given by Deputy PM General Prawit Wongsuwan when he chaired the meeting of the fifth government committee in charge of bureaucratic reforms at Government House. “The single platform… Read More »

Indonesia – Former Home Minister Denies Involvement in Electronic ID Graft

By | January 30, 2018

Jakarta. Former Home Minister Gamawan Fauzi denied having been involved in massive graft surrounding a project to procure electronic national identity cards, known as e-KTP, as he testified at court on Monday (29/01). The Rp 5.9 trillion ($413 million) project run under Gamawan’s former office in 2011. Two of the ministry’s former officials were convicted in the graft case, which also implicated,… Read More »

VietinBank announces its new role as the sole Diners Club card issuer in Vietnam with support from Compass Plus

By | January 22, 2018

Vietnam Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Industry and Trade (VietinBank), a leading commercial bank in Vietnam, has signed a partnership agreement to become the sole issuer of Diners Club cards in Vietnam. The bank will issue Diners Club cards as both standard and contactless cards, catering for the rapid growth and popularity of contactless terminals in the country.… Read More »

Philippines – PH studies Japan’s national ID system

By | January 18, 2018

MANILA — As legislation establishing a national ID system in the Philippines gains steam, the House of Representatives has been studying international best practices on the proposed measure, this time, eyeing Japan’s system. Last week, Laguna District III Representative Sol Aragones, chair of the House Committee on Population and Family Relations, met with Japanese officials in charge of Tokyo’s… Read More »

Nam A Bank and JCB cooperate to develop international card services

By | January 16, 2018

Ho Chi Minh City, Jan 16, 2018 – (ACN Newswire) – Nam A Commercial Joint Stock Bank (Nam A Bank) and JCB International Co., Ltd. (JCBI) , the international operations subsidiary of JCB Co., Ltd. (JCB) signed a cooperation contract to license the issuance of JCB Cards and acquisition of JCB merchants in Vietnam. The ceremony was attended by representative… Read More »

Philippines – BSP warns of heightened ATM-related crimes

By | January 14, 2018

Fraudsters are targetting banks that are still vulnerable to debit and ATM-related crimes but this was expected by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) as the June 30 deadline for the full EMV regime nears. BSP Deputy Governor Chuchi G. Fonacier said they have monitored an increased number of bank fraud in the last few months but it… Read More »

Indonesia – KPK to grill ex-House speaker Marzuki in e-ID case

By | January 8, 2018

Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigators are to question former House of Representatives speaker Marzuki Alie as a witness in the multitrillion-rupiah graft case pertaining to the electronic identity (e-ID) card procurement project. Marzuki will be questioned as a witness for suspect Anang Sugiana Sudihardjo, the president director of IT consulting firm PT Quadra Solution that was involved in… Read More »

The first Common point related Card to be issued in Vietnam

By | December 20, 2017

Hanoi and Tokyo, Dec 20, 2017 – (ACN Newswire) – Vietnam Post and Telecommunications Group (VNPT), a major telecommunication group in Vietnam; Vietinbank, one of the largest state-owned banks in Vietnam and JCB International Co. Ltd. (JCBI), the international operations subsidiary of JCB Co., Ltd. (“JCB”), today announced the launch of the Vietinbank-VNPT-JCB Co-branded card (Vpoint Card) in Vietnam. The… Read More »

AYA Bank, MPU, JCB Introduce First Corporate Credit Card in Myanmar

By | November 14, 2017

Yangon and Tokyo, Nov 14, 2017 – (ACN Newswire) – Ayeyarwady Bank (AYA Bank), a major commercial bank in the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, Myanmar Payment Union (MPU), and JCB International Co. Ltd. (JCBI), the international operations subsidiary of JCB Co., Ltd., today announced that AYA Bank has launched the AYA Universal Corporate MPU-JCB Co-Branded Card in Myanmar. This is… Read More »

Philippines – BDO to clients: Switch to EMV debit cards

By | October 31, 2017

BDO Unibank called on its clients to immediately obtain their debit card with embedded EMV chip to ensure wider protection against fraudulent activities usually carried out in electronic banking channels. “The bank’s objective over time is to effect a holistic approach to protecting the clients’ accounts from fraud. But to achieve this, clients must obtain their EMV chip… Read More »

Passports with 10-year validity for Filipinos from January 1, 2018

By | October 28, 2017

Dubai: From January 1, 2018, the period of validity of Philippine passports will double to 10 years, instead of the current five years — as the new passport law kicks in. On August 2, the government of President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law a Repubilc Act (RA10928) providing for a 10-year validity of the Philippine passport. The 10-year… Read More »

Singapore – ICA Introduces New Design For Singapore Biometric Passport With Additional Security Features

By | October 26, 2017

 The Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) is introducing a new design for the Singapore biometric passport with additional security features.  New visa page designs and additional security features  2        The new passport design will come with new visa page designs and additional security features that make the passport harder to forge or be tampered with.… Read More »

Wirecard provides IKEA Southeast Asia with payment eco-system for online business

By | October 16, 2017

Partnership strengthens IKEA online shop launch in Southeast Asia The global technology group Wirecard provides a regionally managed payment gateway solution for online IKEA shops in Southeast Asia.  Through its cooperation with Wirecard, IKEA Southeast Asia is now able to provide online customers with multiple payment options. Shoppers will be able to select between credit, debit and alternative… Read More »