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CIBC and Rogers Unveil the Future of Mobile Payments in Canada


Announce plans to launch the first, secure mobile payment solution of
its kind to Canadians

TORONTO, May 15, 2012 /CNW/ – CIBC and Rogers Communications today
announced an agreement to launch Canada’s first joint mobile payment
solution, allowing Canadians to pay with their CIBC credit card at the
checkout counter using their Rogers “Near Field Communications” (NFC)
enabled smartphone. Beginning later this year, customers will be able
to use this payment capability at merchants across Canada where
contactless credit card payments are accepted.

This announcement represents the first time a bank and a wireless
carrier have joined forces to offer a commercially available mobile
payments solution to Canadians that leverages the secure SIM card
inside an NFC-enabled Rogers smartphone. This new solution aligns to
guidelines announced yesterday by the Canadian Bankers Association for
mobile payments in Canada, as well as those developed by respected
international associations such as the GSM Association (GSMA), the
association of mobile operators and related companies dedicated to
standardizing and supporting GSM technology.

“As the leader in delivering mobile financial services innovations in
Canada, we are pleased to introduce yet another innovation in the
market that will shape the payments experience of the future,”
commented David Williamson, Senior Executive Vice President, Retail and
Business Banking, CIBC. “By teaming with Rogers, CIBC clients will soon
enjoy the convenience of paying at the checkout with their mobile
device while enjoying the existing benefits of their CIBC credit card,
including loyalty rewards.”

“Canadians are embracing new technologies at an accelerated pace and we
know they’re interested in using their smartphone for mobile payments,”
said Rob Bruce, President of Communications, Rogers Communications.
“We’ve been laying the foundation for mobile commerce and the ecosystem
is ready to give Canadians the convenience, security, and peace of mind
they deserve,” said Bruce. “Today’s announcement with CIBC represents
an important first step toward a whole new world of mobile transactions
which is a key growth area for the company.”

Some of the key features of the new mobile payments solution include:

  • Full access to a client’s existing CIBC credit cards on their smartphone
    at no extra cost – whether Visa or MasterCard – this gives clients the
    opportunity to earn loyalty points on purchases as they do today.
  • Multiple layers of security – Paying with your NFC-enabled smartphone
    will be as secure as using your credit card today. Clients will receive
    the same fraud protection they do with their contactless credit card,
    and secure encryption technology will add to the layers of security
    already in place on credit card purchases. Clients will also have the
    option to set additional password protection.
  • No “stickers” on your phone – this new payment capability will leverage
    the secure SIM card inside a mobile device for payments, meaning
    clients can manage their credit card credentials on a secure platform,
    and won’t need to worry about stickers attached to their phone.

This new CIBC mobile payments capability will be available on select
BlackBerry® smartphones on the Rogers wireless network when the
solution launches later this year, with additional device choices for
clients available following launch.

MasterCard’s Mobile Payments Readiness Index ranks Canada ahead of the
United States and second out of 34 countries.  A key finding emphasizes
that partnerships among the key players in the mobile payments
ecosystem – financial institutions, payment networks, telcos,
governments, technology providers – are essential to accelerate the
commercialization of mobile payments.

Today’s announcement builds on CIBC’s leadership position in delivering
mobile innovations to clients. CIBC was the first bank in Canada to
launch a mobile banking App in 2010, and more recently became the first
bank in Canada to deliver an App that allows clients to trade stocks on
their mobile device through the CIBC Mobile Brokerage App. The bank
also offers the CIBC Home Advisor App, free to all Canadian homebuyers,
giving them access to information about housing prices and other key
neighbourhood data in an area they may be considering. CIBC was named
“Best in Mobile Banking” globally by Global Finance magazine in 2011.

In 2002, Rogers launched its GSM wireless network, and last year was the
first carrier in Canada to launch LTE, bringing the largest and fastest
network and a global wireless standard to Canada. Today’s announcement
builds on this foundation of world-class networks, Rogers history of
innovation and mobile commerce expertise, specifically in the area of
mobile proximity payments. Over the past six years, Rogers has worked
with the GSM Association, including the “Pay-buy-Mobile” initiative to
get industry standard payment cards – like MasterCard or Visa – on
industry standard GSM devices. In the past year, the GSM Association
further named Rogers as one of many operators worldwide committed to
SIM-based NFC solutions and services.

“The GSMA congratulate CIBC and Rogers on the launch of their mobile NFC
services and we look forward to many more markets following Canada’s
lead in bringing exciting and interoperable NFC services to life,” said
Anne Bouverot, Director General, GSMA. “This is the year when mobile
NFC is set to take off and the GSMA will continue to support our
members around the world who will be launching their mobile NFC
services later this year.”

CIBC (CM: TSX;NYSE) is a leading North American financial institution
with nearly 11 million personal banking and business clients. CIBC
offers a full range of products and services through its comprehensive
electronic banking network, branches and offices across Canada, and has
offices in the United States and around the world. You can find other
news releases and information about CIBC in our Press Centre on our
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Rogers Communications is a diversified Canadian communications and media
company. We are engaged in wireless voice and data communications
services through Wireless, Canada’s largest wireless provider. Through
Cable, we are one of Canada’s leading providers of cable television
services as well as high-speed Internet access and telephony services.
Through Media, we are engaged in radio and television broadcasting,
televised shopping, magazines and trade publications, and sports
entertainment. We are publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange
(TSX: RCI.A and RCI.B) and on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: RCI).
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