Monthly Archives September 2012


Today, using your mobile phone to pay for something is not that common in Sweden. Although there are several pilot projects out there, including one with the four major operators Telenor, Tele2, Telia and 3 (WyWallet), there is yet no dominant actor in this market.

Niklas Arvidsson, KTH and Jan Markendahl, Wireless@KTH, both researchers within this area, contribute this to several factors: “There is no urgent neeed for new mobile payment solutions. Swedish people are happy to use their credit cards and have a difficult time seeing the advantage with mobile payments”, says Jan Markendahl. Niklas Arvidsson also concludes that the new mobile payment solutions need to compete with credit card ditos, when it comes to speed, price, accessibility and security, but finds it very exciting to see where the industry is heading.

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The research within this area includes the design and analysis of services, technical systems and infrastructure for mobile payment solutions in an overall business context. In the analysis, technical aspects like service design and network architecture, functionality, performance and costs are combined with market related aspects like competition, market structure, business models, distribution of functionality and the value offered to end-users and service providers.

The KTH School of Information and Communication Technology is now looking for PhD student in the above area. The position is with the Department of Communication Systems (CoS), Radio Systems Laboratory at Electrum, Kista.

The starting date date is open for discussion and the application deadline is October 8.

Details and application procedure