Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Card Payments in Turkey: Trends in contactless and mobile payments

This is the last part of a two-part series about card payments in Turkey.  The first part of the series provided a market overview.  This post looks at trends in contactless and mobile payments.
When it comes to contactless space, Turkey is the second country in Turkey after the UK. Number of contactless credit cards have almost reach % 6 of the total number and it seems that the growth will continue. Garanti Bank leads the market here and there are unconfirmed plans that they will migrate all the card portfolio into contactless cards.

Card payments in Turkey: Market Overview

Turkey is a trend-setter in the card payments space.  Understanding what is happening in Turkey could help us understand our own markets.  

Mr Burak Ilgicioglu is the guest writer, and provides an overview of the market and trends there.  Burak has been working on card payment systems since 1994. He has worked for 4 different banks and 2 different payment processors and still working for a bank as the card payment systems analysis manager in Turkey.  He is married with 2 kids. His main areas of interest are smart cards, contactless systems, Visa & MasterCard systems, networks and regulations. He is the creator of the blog focused on contactless systems : http://contactless-world.com