MasterCard accredits CETECOM to be the first lab in the Americas for Mobile Payment Testing

Essen, (PresseBox) - CETECOM, a worldwide provider of wireless testing services, is now accredited to offer MasterCard certification testing for NFC-enabled mobile phones in the United States. The Silicon Valley facility in Milpitas, California is the third CETECOM location to be certified for this testing. The accreditation will support the mobile payment market by providing test services in the Americas. The United States is the last major country to transition to chip based credit cards with mobile phones being an important element of the emerging payment schemes. Mobile phones can be equipped to function as secure chip credit cards. Popular mobile payment schemes such as Google Wallet and PayPass use the same technology.

Wilfried Klassmann, CEO at CETECOM Group, says: "MasterCard's Accreditation to CETECOM in North America underlines CETECOM's strategy as Global Player across industries. With this new extension of our service portfolio we once more strengthen our partnerships especially with the key players of the Mobile Payment Industry."

CETECOM Inc. CEO, Maan Ghanma, commented "We are very proud to gain MasterCard Worldwide trust and become their first accredited lab in USA." "This is a major step in accelerating mobile payment services and the EMV migration in the United States and elsewhere." Maan Ghanma added.

The transition to chip cards, referred to as the EMV Migration, has gained media attention in recent weeks after millions of credit cards were compromised by data hackers." The expertise of CETECOM and its long-standing reputation in mobile phones and smart card technology is an asset to the industry which will facilitate faster introduction of products to the market.

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CETECOM (www.cetecom.com) is renowned as neutral, experienced partner of the telecommunications and information technology industries and offers a unique service portfolio which covers the entire life cycle of a mobile communications product, contributes to the smooth running of products and applications and ensures that they meet international standards.

CETECOM's portfolio includes consulting and training, development of test solutions, validation services, testing in accredited laboratories (LTE, WCDMA, GSM, Application Enabler, Mobile Payment, OTA Performance, and EMC), field trials, battery testing, certification, and approval handling.

Being a member of numerous specialist bodies, CETECOM is also actively involved in the development and standardisation of global specifications for future technologies.

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