London, 9th April 2002 - Mosaic Software, a global transaction processing solutions provider today announced that Polfon, Poland's newest Transaction Processor, has gone live with over 50 terminals producing prepayment
vouchers for one out of the three Polish mobile operators.
Polfon is using Postilion from Mosaic Software to control and supply a database of Pre-Paid mobile phone vouchers and on-line Pre-Paid TopUp to which Polish Mobile operators will have access. Postilion will manage both cash and card
Polfon aims to have over 15,000 terminals at a variety of retailing, utility and Government body locations across Poland over the next 2-3 years and Mosaic Software technology will make this possible. These terminals will
facilitate mobile prepayment top ups using cash or card as well as managing cash payments for utility bills and other financial services in the future.
Poland is the largest market for mobile phones in Eastern Europe and is in fact 4th largest in Europe. With approximately 70% of the population being un-banked or holding merely simple savings accounts, the desire to replace the current manual voucher system would primarily be supporting cash payments, however the need for card based payments is also a necessity, with obvious benefits to the 3 network operators in the country. The Polish mobile phone market is still in its infancy, with between only 5-10% of the population owning a mobile phone.
"Vouchers are currently the trusted method of mobile top-ups, however as the penetration of phones increases, the overhead for the mobile operators will become untenable.
E-top ups are the only way forward," comments Max Ebenstein, President of olfon. "We will shortly be implementing the e-voucher for another network operator."
"It is very exciting to be involved in such a fast moving market, where Postilion has the flexibility to meet the needs of our customers and bring them benefits including cost reduction," comments Nigel Bidmead, Managing Director
of Mosaic Software - Europe/Middle East.