Frankfurt am Main, July 17, 2007
The Irish-based alphyra Group outsources the entire operation of its over 40,000 payment terminals in Germany to T-Systems. The contract runs over a term of ten years and with a volume of around 50 million euros it includes complete network infrastructure and data center services as well as logistics services for the terminals.
"Developing new business ideas and segments in the area of transaction systems is our strength. That’s the reason why we've decided to focus on those core services. This enables us to assert ourselves on the market and to concentrate on establishing our brand payzone as a by-word for innovative prepaid products and transaction services", Matthias Schneider, CEO of the German alphyra GmbH, said at the signing of the contract. "This is why we've decided to outsource all non-core processes."
alphyra's goal is to standardize its ICT systems, to generate synergy effects and to be able to focus exclusively on its core business. One of alphya's lines of business is mobile Top-Up which enables customers to upload prepaid credit onto their cell phones. The company operates terminals under the brand name payzone for this service at German retail chain stores such as Schlecker and Edeka as well as at convenience stores.
T-Systems will connect all of the terminals to the data center in Magdeburg via a standardized network platform. "alphyra is a fast growing company. This has resulted in a very heterogenous and complex ICT infra-structure," says Ulrich Kemp, who is responsible for sales with small, mediumsized and large enterprise customers at T Systems. "We're now going to consolidate and standardize this landscape, reduce costs and therefore make alphyra so flexible that the infrastructure can be freely ad-justed to corporate development.
alphyra is Europe's largest independent electronic payment network. The company is headquartered in Dublin, with operations in 20 countries across Europe. alphyra implements and operates electronic payment networks and processes over 400 million transactions per year - with a value of well above €12 billion. With a product portfolio that includes prepaid mobile phones, processing of credit & debit card transactions, utility bill payment, money transfer and stored value solutions, alphyra enables businesses to provide a better, simpler and faster service to their customers via trusted and secure payment networks.