Payment Card Year Books

Italy 2019/2020

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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 Payment Brands

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 seven 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.

Statistical Key Figures for 2018 provided in this profile:

UPDATED: tables with card business data 2014-2018; 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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1.1 last updated 13th January 2020