Showing posts with label idbi credit card. Show all posts
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Sunday, February 9, 2014

IDBI Bank joins the credit card bandwagon

Nearly nine years after becoming a full-fledged commercial bank, IDBI Bank has decided to issue credit cards to its customers. 

The Mumbai-headquartered bank intends to issue around five lakh cards in three years — one lakh in the first year and two lakh cards each in the following two years. 

The public sector bank, which currently has a base of more than 10 million customers, will be issuing EMV (Europay, MasterCard and Visa) chip cards with magnetic stripes. 

EMV is a global security standard for microprocessor chip card technology. This ensures that the credit card is not only accepted anywhere in the world but is also better protected against fraudulent activities. 

Since many merchant establishments in the country still have credit card payment infrastructure (terminals) that accept cards with magnetic stripe, the bank has decided to issue EMV cards with magnetic stripe.
The category of credit cards that the bank plans to issue are: Platinum, Signature and Corporate. 

Service provider

For foraying into the credit cards space, IDBI Bank is planning to engage the services of a third party service (TPS) provider for providing end-to-end solutions for credit card issuance under the outsourced model. The TPS provider, among others, will undertake operational activities relating to account updation, demographic changes, payment instructions, recurrent payment instructions and balance transfer request received through physical change request form/phone banking/Net banking. 

For now, IDBI Bank will be issuing credit cards on Visa and MasterCard platforms. The main business of Visa Inc and MasterCard Worldwide is to facilitate electronic funds transfer — they process payments between the banks of merchants and the card issuing banks of the purchasers. 

Once Rupay (the home-grown rival of Visa and MasterCard) launches the credit card, the bank will issue the cards in association with Rupay too. Currently, IDBI Bank’s debit card portfolio comprises Rupay debit cards also. 

As on November-end 2013, there were 18.77 million credit cards outstanding in the country. The total value of loans outstanding against these cards stood at Rs. 12,789 crore.