Alipay HK, the Hong Kong affiliate of Alibaba-backed payment platform Alipay, announced that it won the bid to provide a QR payment program for Hong Kong Mass Transit Rail (MTR) from as early as 2020.

The announcement, issued November 15, could accelerate Alipay HK’s aggressive moves to provide services to cities outside mainland China. It also underscores the company’s ambition to play a key role in Hong Kong’s smart city plan.

According to Alipay HK, once the technology is ready, the scan-and-go payment solution will be available in 91 stations and cover around 5.8 million passenger trips per day on the city’s subway system.

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Runhua Zhao

Runhua Zhao is a technology reporter based in Beijing. Connect with her via email: runhuazhao@technode.com