A New Generation Bank Launches its Card Business with OpenWay
Bank of Astana, which operates in five regions of Kazakhstan, has announced the launch of its card business on OpenWay's WAY4 platform. OpenWay is a recognized leader in software for bankcard issuing and acquiring, payment processing, remote banking services and financial transaction routing.
November 12, 2014
New launch of the card business on WAY4 in Central Asia
Three months is a new record for in-house implementation
The joint OpenWay and Bank of Astana team was faced with the challenge of launching the bank's own processing centre in record time. This was due to the sharp growth in the bank's business. The team implemented the solution in just three months.
As part of the project, OpenWay provided the bank with a processing solution for issuing and acquiring debit products, including contactless MasterCard PayPass cards. The project also plans for integration with a partner bank's ATM network. In the near future, Bank of Astana plans to start issuing credit cards and installment loans on the WAY4 platform and to launch a WAY4-based online system for monitoring transaction risks.
Yulia Kim, Deputy Chairman of the Board, Bank of Astana, commented: "Bank of Astana has positioned itself a new generation bank. It's our goal to provide financial services of exceptional quality that even surpasses our clients' expectations. OpenWay's solution makes it possible for our bank to offer retail clients modern and innovative card products”.
Dmitry Dovgal, OpenWay's deputy director of business development, noted: "The card market in Kazakhstan is dynamic, so it's important to be able to react quickly and modify business according to trends and changes in technology. The WAY4 platform chosen by Bank Astana provides for flexible configuration of products and ensures system scalability and reliability".
Bank of Astana began activity in 2008, and from the start of 2014 under a new brand name "Bank of Astana" has offered a full range of bank services to individuals and business partners. At the beginning of 2013, the well- known Kazakh investor Kenes Rakishev became a shareholder in Bank of Astana, as did Olzhas Tokhtarov, the chairman of the board of "SAT&Co". From their first day at work, the new shareholders and the Board began developing a strategy for a “new generation” bank together with Oliver Wyman, a leading western consulting company. According to financial statements for 2013, audited by KPMG, Bank of Astana's assets were 79.6 billion tenge, equity was 12 billion tenge, and loan profile was 43 billion tenge.
OpenWay Group was founded over 15 years ago. We develop WAY4, an innovative e-payment processing framework for banks, payment processors, telcos and petrol companies.
OpenWay was initially headquartered in Brussels, Belgium with one R&D team there and another in St. Petersburg, Russia. Today we are a global company with 10 offices and 130 customers around the world.
Our portfolio consists of WAY4 Card and Merchant Management, Financial Switching, Personalised Channel Banking, Prepaid Cards, E-Commerce, Mobile Payments, Digital Wallet, DCC, Fuel Cards, and other solutions.
Our customers include tier-1 giants, mid-size companies, and ambitious start-ups:
- Equens, Western Europe (SEPA-acquiring of 0.5 million merchants on WAY4)
- Savings Bank of Russia (issuing and acquiring back-office, and authorization switch for 140 million credit and debit cards on WAY4)
- SIX Group, a leading European payment company processing over 4,000,000 cards and migrated over 30 banks to WAY4 within 15 months
- Comdata, USA (commercial cards on WAY4)
- Network International, the Middle East (a processing center with approximately 60 banks on WAY4)
- Raiffeisenbank Int., Eastern Europe (a processing center for 15 banks and countries on WAY4)
- Bank Audi, MENA region (more than 40 card products on WAY4 including NFC)
- Halyk Bank of Kazakhstan (the first bank to launch Visa P2P Mobile Transfers)
- Lukoil Intercard, Eastern Europe (B2B fuel cards with comprehensive loyalty services on WAY4)
WAY4 live installations consistently demonstrate high performance; for example, 90 million cards issued and authorized on a single platform and 12 million POS/ATM clearing transactions processed daily by a single acquirer.
OpenWay, known for its commitment to long-term relationships, both serves customers locally and provides global support. Today our team unites approximately 500 payment business, digital technology, and security professionals.