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Russian Networks Test Train Ticket Payments with Mobile Phones

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Two of Russia's mobile networks are planning trials of train ticket payments by mobile phones. In Moscow, MTS will run a trial with the Moscow Metro started from next January, while in St Petersburg a separate trial will take place with rival mobile network, MegaFon.

"We are working with the mobile operator MTS to make it possible to pay fare with a cell phone. In January we will launch this method of payment," Moscow subway chief Dmitry Gayev announced during a working consultation in Moscow.

In St Petersburg, MegaFon will supply an NFC enabled sticker that can be placed on the back of the phone case to enable the phone to act as a train ticket. In terms of technology, Megafon will be ready for the launch by the end of the year, explained Lyudmila Chekhova, a spokesperson for the northwest branch of Megafon.

The St. Petersburg Metropolitan is currently testing a similar project by American company Ambiq Technology. In the middle of this year, it submitted a proposal to launch a system that would make it possible to make payments with a chip compatible with any SIM card.

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