SIX Payment Services extends partnership with Bancontact

Monday 18 June 2018 10:48 CET | News

SIX Payment Services has extended its current agreement with Bancontact in Belgium.

Under the current agreement, SIX Payment Services will continue to operate and further develop the Bancontact Scheme Switch. SIX Payment Services has operated the Bancontact Scheme since 2012 when it was first awarded the contract. 

Bancontact is the largest card scheme in Belgium with over 15 million debit cards in circulation, conducting over 1.4 billion transactions per year. The extension of the agreement further demonstrates SIX’s position as one of Europe’s leading payment services providers.

In 2011 Bancontact took the decision to make the Switch Scheme SEPA compliant and to introduce a truly competitive landscape. In 2012, as part of the new strategy, SIX was invited to fully build and operate the Bancontact Scheme Switch which links Bancontact members (Issuers and Acquirers) and ensures that all authorization and clearing messages are correctly directed and processed efficiently.

The SEPA scheme switch has encouraged the market to develop by allowing new entrants to enter the sector and compete fairly. Today, more than a dozen acquirers and most of the terminal vendors/PSPs in Belgium can offer Bancontact to their merchants, who are able to use the system in both physical and online retail environments.    

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Keywords: SIX Payment Services, Bancontact, online payments, online banking epayments, Belgium
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