Visa Europe has a technically advanced card processing platform built specifically for Europe and handling more than six billion transactions in 2007. It not only provides cross-border inter-bank switching, but it is also the primary domestic processor in 16 European markets.
BT and Visa Europe have established a strong relationship over the last seven years, developing the processing technology to match Visaâs increasingly active and expanding user base. The latest agreement will see Visa Europe improve operations through the use of a single supplier and a flexible network making further upgrades and developments far simpler than were previously possible.
Steve Chambers, CIO of Visa Europe, said: âVisa Europe processed transactions worth â¬1.3 trillion during 2007 so scalability and resilience go hand- in- hand for us. The trust of our customers is of paramount importance, and BT has given us the reliability, security and flexibility to successfully service our member banks and their customers going forward.â
Francois Barrault, CEO, BT Global Services, said: âVisa Europe has a huge responsibility to its member banks and their customers and requires support from a global provider with a reputation for unrivalled infrastructure performance. Visa Europeâs transaction network is on the front line of its service offering, and BT provides focused and scalable support for this mission-critical infrastructure.â