Mr Pratthana Leelapanang, Chief Consumer Business Officer, AIS, said, “Amidst a rapidly evolving cashless industry, greater merchant implementation of QR payment apps will help to facilitate our aim to drive cashless payments forward. We are happy that GLOBAL Pay customers visiting Singapore will soon be able to enjoy a seamless mobile payment experience at Changi Airport, in addition to over 50,000 other merchant points in the country.”
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VIA was launched by the Singtel Group in October 2018. It currently counts AIS GLOBAL Pay among its member mobile wallets and will include Thailand’s Kasikornbank’s K Plus and Axiata Digital’s Boost Malaysia later this year. Users of mobile wallets within the VIA alliance will soon also be able to make payments in Japan through a recently announced partnership with Tokyo-based NETSTARS, which offers 100,000 merchants in its network.
The Singtel Group plans to progressively expand the VIA alliance to include its other regional associates Airtel in India, Globe in the Philippines, Telkomsel in Indonesia as well as non-telco entities.