Payment Card Year Books

Italy 2020/2021

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Payment Organisations

Bancomat S.p.A. – oversees the Bancomat and PagoBancomat systems. 

ICBPI, the former body of the Banche Popolare sector. In 2015, ICBPI was sold to Mercury UK Holdco and became rebranded NEXI. 

SIA – former interbank processors and CSM mechanism. 

Domestic Card Brand

PagoBancomat, co-badged Maestro, VISA Debit or V PAY

ATM: Bancomat, Postamat, co-badged Maestro or Mastercard. 

Credit: CartaSi, co-badged Mastercard or VISA. 

Bancomat Pay app, Jiffy immediate payments app. 

Market Structure

Bancomat/PagoBancomat is the domestic debit card network. 

Bancomat S.p.A. launched Bancomat Pay based on instant payment app Jiffy. 

Italy is the leading European prepaid card market. 

The card market has a decentralised infrastructure composed of more than 30 major issuers, ten major acquirers, five card processors, 40 PSPs, two ATM networks (Bancomat, Postamat), and eight e-money institutions resident in Italy. 

The consolidation of the Italian banking sector continues. 

Emerging Open Banking ecosystem. Rising consumer credit.

Notable Market Trends

Contactless rollout, QR-code payment apps, ‘Giant Pays’, 

HCE NFC payments, biometric pilot, Jiffy, immediate payments. 


 UPDATED: tables with card business data 2015-2019; growth rates: Y-o-Y, CAGR
 Population, Cards per Capita, Card Value per Capita
 Debit Cards, Credit/Delayed Debit Cards, Total Cards
 Card payments by number and by value, ATV per card, payments per card/year
 ATMs, POS terminals, ATMs/POS terminals per 1 million capita
 ATM withdrawals by number/by value, ATV per withdrawal, TXs per ATM/month
 POS payments by number/by value, ATV per POS payment, TXs per POS/month
 Internet Use, e-payment mix, B2C e-Commerce by value and growth rate
 Issued Card brands by individual major issuer bank
 Accepted card brands by individual major acquirer
 Drill down into the debit card use and credit cards use details 


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Version 1.1 - last updated Friday 15th January 2021