Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP has advised transport operator, Stagecoach Group, on its new partnership with the UK's biggest communications company, Everything Everywhere to launch a mobile contactless ticketing trial. This is the UK's first Government–standard commercial deployment of contactless transport ticketing.
This partnership will allow bus users to receive, store and validate their bus tickets using their mobile phone. A trial is already underway on the Stagecoach bus network in Cambridgeshire and could lead to a nationwide roll out in 2013 across select bus and rail services. Everything Everywhere has provided each customer in the trial with a Quick Tap enabled mobile handset on its Orange mobile brand. The service features a specially designed app to make the handsets compatible with the local bus network's smartcard readers.
Technology and Telecoms partner John Worthy led on the deal with support from Privacy partner Phil Lee and Technology and Telecoms associates David Lewis and Nick Ball. The firm advised on the structuring, drafting and negotiation of the partnering deal with Everything Everywhere.
John Worthy said: “The growth of mobile ticketing and mobile payments is quickly gaining momentum and we expect to see similar trials over the course of the year. This revolution is driven by smart phone apps, which present a wealth of opportunities for both consumers and businesses, including greater convenience and the potential for additional revenue streams.”
This deal reflects the strength of Fieldfisher's TMT sector. The Fieldfisher Technology and Telecoms team is consistently ranked among the leading law firms in this field by Chambers and Legal 500, the independent directories of law firms and won the award as TMT Law Firm of the Year 2011 from Legal Business.
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Louise Eckersley, PR Manager, Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP on 020 7861 4120
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