Payment Card Year Books


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Payment Organization 

  • Consorzio Bancomat – oversees the Bancomat and PagoBancomat systems. 
  • ICBPI Group, the former body of the Banche Popolare sector, owns CartaSi. In 2015, ICBPI was sold to private equity firms. 
  • SIA – former interbank processors and CSM mechanism. 

Domestic Card Brand 

  • Debit: PagoBancomat, co-badged Maestro, Electron or V PAY 
  • ATM: Bancomat, Postamat, co-badged Maestro or MasterCard. 
  • Credit: CartaSi, co-badged MasterCard or VISA 

Market Structure 

  • Bancomat/PagoBancomat is the domestic debit card network, while CartaSi is the main credit card grouping. 
  • Italy is the leading European prepaid card market. 
  • From 2008 to 2012, the interbank organizations and the governance model of the Italian payment industry have been reshaped in order to strengthen the Italian payment market. 
  • The Italian banks have divested from SIA in 2013 and from ICBPI and CartaSi in 2015. 
  • The card market has a decentralized infrastructure composed of more than 30 major issuers, ten major acquirers, five card processors, 35 PSPs, two ATM networks (Bancomat, Postamat), and four e-money institutions resident in Italy. 

Notable Market Trends 

  • Rollout of contactless cards; QR-codes, display cards; 
  • HCE NFC payments, biometric pilot; Jiffy, immediate payments.

Updated Information About:

Major Issuers, Major Acquirers, Major Processors and Consumer Finance indicator. 

Statistical Key Figures for 2015 provided in this profile:

  • UPDATED: tables with card business data 2011-2015; 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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1.2(120117) last updated 12th January 2017