SIBS, the new owner of Wirecard Romania, launches pan-European instant payments in Portugal

16 octombrie 2020

From today on, it will be possible to make pan-European instant payments, until now exclusive between national banks. „The Instant Payments Solution platform from SIBS, launched in 2018 to ensure instant payments processing at national level, is now also providing these operations between European financial institutions,” according to the press release.

The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, ensuring that funds reach beneficiaries’ accounts in seconds. „This system developed by SIBS allows Portugal to stand out among the SEPA zone markets,” the company said.

Instant Payments Solution’s success reflects in the results achieved since the launch of this solution: more than 5 million instant payments were made in Portugal in the last year, representing around 450 thousand transactions per month, worthing 520 million euros per month, with an average value of around 1,150 euros.

Two years after the SIBS Instant Payments Solution platform’s launch, which allows instant payments in Portugal based on accounts, according to the European SEPA Instant Credit Transfer (SCTInst) system, Portugal and the national banking community already has 95% of accounts available in this system. With this evolution, the Portuguese are now able to make instant payments at the pan-European level with the same ease with which they already carry out their domestic instant payments.

This move allows Portugal to return to being at the forefront of the payments sector, contributing once again to the growth of electronic payments in Portugal and Europe. The work carried out by SIBS grants the Portuguese banks to offer their customers the solution for pan-European instant payments. We expect that the use of this tool, which allows you to transfer money in a few seconds and at any day and time between different bank accounts, will accelerate even more”, says Madalena Cascais Tomé, SIBS’ CEO.

The functionality launched today results from the connection of the SIBS solution to the TIPS – TARGET Instant Payment Settlement, the system made available by the Eurosystem for making instant payments at pan-European level. Currently, the financial institutions prepared and for which it will be possible to carry out these operations are, in addition to Portugal, available in 7 countries in the SEPA zone (Spain, Germany, France, Italy, Austria, Latvia, and the Netherlands). A gradual increase is expected, both at participating institutions’ level as well as in the segments and channels where the service is made available.


Founded in 1983, SIBS provides financial, modern, reliable, and secure services, namely in the payments’ area, to more than 300 million users from three different continents, processing more than 4 billion transactions annually. Alongside being a major payment processor in Europe, SIBS is a benchmark in Security and Anti-Fraud solutions and services in Business Process Outsourcing and the Iberian leader in Card Production and Personalization.

SIBS created MB WAY, Portugal’s most modern and complete mobile payments service, with more than 2,6 M users that make purchases, instant payments and withdrawals using only the smartphone.

SIBS established itself as an important international player, present in several markets, namely in Europe, Asia and Africa, where SIBS solutions operate in more than 350 thousand terminals that process around 2 billion transactions.

Noteworthy SIBS activity in Romania, where it has acquired the leading company in card payment processing – Romcard / Supercard – that now operate under SIBS Romania, and in Poland, where SIBS owns Paytel, one of the most dynamic payment terminal operators in that market.

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Gabriela Nistor – director general adjunct BT

Tendinţele pe care le-am remarcat înainte de începerea pandemiei s-au accelerat pe perioada stării de urgenţă. Am văzut acest lucru ca o oportunitate, un tipping point pentru bancă. Post-pandemie nu avem cum sa ne întoarcem la comportamentul financiar pe care îl aveam până în februarie a.c. Relaţia românilor cu online-ul s-a schimbat. In plus, cardul fizic se va dematerializa. Vom asista la o scădere a cererii pentru cardurile fizice, respectiv la o creştere a preferinţei pentru componenta digitală a acestora.”


In 23 septembrie 2019, BNR a anuntat infiintarea unui Fintech Innovation Hub pentru a sustine inovatia in domeniul serviciilor financiare si de plata. In acest sens, care credeti ca ar trebui sa fie urmatorul pas al bancii centrale?