Paris-headquartered BNP Paribas, the second-largest bank in Belgium by assets, has partnered with Brussels-headquartered telecoms operator Belgacom to launch a mobile wallet service.

According to Belgacom, the Belgian Mobile Wallet will be an open system, giving access to smartphone users with a bank or credit card from any Belgian bank and a mobile data subscription from a Belgian mobile operator.

The platform will be provided by Brussels-based technology vendor Accenture.

The service will be trialled at the end of 2013 and a full roll-out is planned at the beginning of 2014.

Bart Van Den Meersche, EVP of Belgacom Enterprise Business Unit said: "Belgacom has always endeavoured to be a pioneer in innovation and in finding ways to make people’s lives easier.

"We are thrilled to be at the heart of an initiative that will, even more than before, turn the smartphone into a true companion for our customers."

Fernand Dimidschstein, managing director at Accenture for management consulting, France and Benelux, said: "We firmly believe in the potential of this project because of its openness to all customers regardless of their bank or mobile operator and its integrated approach that payment and other services directly inside the apps for a seamless user experience."


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