PermataBank, BlackBerry and Monitise Join Forces to Bring Mobile Payments
Services to BlackBerry Messenger
JAKARTA, INDONESIA -- (Marketwire) -- 02/26/13 -- Indonesian
financial institution PT Bank Permata Tbk (PermataBank),
BlackBerry(R) (NASDAQ:BBRY)(TSX:BB) and Mobile Money leader Monitise
plc (LSE:MONI.L) announce the commercial pilot launch of BBM Money.
With BBM Money, customers have the ability to create and access a
mobile money account from their BlackBerry smartphone and make
real-time payments to their BBM contacts who are also signed up to
the service. They can also buy mobile airtime credit and transfer
money to bank accounts.
Developed by PT AGIT Monitise Indonesia (AGIT Monitise Indonesia),
the joint venture between Monitise Asia Pacific and Astra Graphia
Information Technology (AGIT), part of Astra International Group, and
issued and managed by PermataBank, BBM Money is making its commercial
pilot debut in Indonesia, where customers may easily load cash into
it from an Indonesian bank account. PermataBank will issue BBM Money
mobile money accounts and process financial transactions. The service
is protected by bank-grade security measures including a passcode,
encryption, monitoring, and limits as required by PermataBank under
Bank Indonesia regulations.
David Fletcher, President Director of PermataBank said, "We are
pleased to team up with our strategic partners in developing this
innovative and revolutionary service and we would like to express our
sincere appreciation to the regulators, especially Bank Indonesia,
for the support in the process. This initiative is a response to
growing customers and society needs of easy and convenient banking
services by using their smartphone. This is in line with our vision
to be the pioneer in delivering innovative financial solutions and
also reflects our support to Bank Indonesia's concept of a cashless
society in Indonesia."
Lauren Sulistiawati, Retail Banking Director of PermataBank added,
"This is a game-changing innovation as the transactions can be
performed as easy as chatting on BBM and the customer can create
their mobile money account directly on their BlackBerry smartphone.
We are very delighted to tailor this solution for BlackBerry
smartphones that are widely used in Indones
ia, which will allow us to
simplify the life of millions of BlackBerry customers in Indonesia.
Another crucial aspect of BBM Money is that it gives customers total
trust and confidence in the security of the service. With PermataBank
as the issuing bank and AGIT Monitise Indonesia behind the service,
BBM Money customers know they have a partner with proven bank-grade
standards that gives them the assurance and certainty they are
"We are delighted that Indonesia is the first country in the world to
develop a person-to-person payment service using BBM," said Calvin
Lim, Director of AGIT Monitise Indonesia. "BlackBerry smartphones are
the favorite phones of most Indonesians, with BBM being its most
popular and indispensable service. BBM Money will enable BlackBerry
customers to make fast, easy and secure mobile payments."
"BlackBerry leads the mobile and smartphone market in Indonesia,
where BBM is extremely popular with our customers," said T.A. McCann,
Vice President of BBM and Social Communities at BlackBerry. "BBM
Money, which uses BlackBerry's BBM service, further evolves the BBM
experience to move from real-time chat to meaningful and convenient
real-time engagement. We are excited to be part of this pilot in
Indonesia, where BBM has become an essential part of daily life."
"With BBM Money, BlackBerry customers can enjoy an easy, convenient
and secure mobile money transaction anytime and anywhere. We are
committed to work with partners to bring services to BlackBerry
customers in Indonesia that can enrich their mobile lifestyle," added
Maspiyono Handoyo, Managing Director for Indonesia at BlackBerry.
Through a simple registration process within the application, BBM
customers can create a BBM Money account with PermataBank and then
start loading cash into the account through any of the 70,000 ATMs in
Indonesia. After visiting a designated location to perform a one-time
identity check, customers can then make secure payments to their BBM
contacts and transfer money to other bank accounts using the app.
Customers can also pay for mobile airtime or prepaid SIM cards for
their family and friends. Another innovative feature is that
customers who actively conduct business through BBM can make payments
immediately and securely. There is a vibrant trade taking place among
groups within BBM in Indonesia.
"Monitise is constantly working with its partners to make money
totally mobile around the world for everyone," said Alastair Lukies,
CEO of Monitise Group. "Our focus in Indonesia, as it is in Asia
Pacific and around the world, is centered on acting as an enabler at
the heart of the growing Mobile Money ecosystem, helping financial
institutions and other service providers deliver increasingly
innovative and secure services to their customers."
For information about BBM Money, please visit
PT Bank Permata Tbk (PermataBank) was formed by a merger of five
banks: PT. Bank Bali Tbk, PT. Bank Universal Tbk, PT. Bank Artamedia,
PT. Bank Patriot and PT. Bank Prima Express in 2002. It has grown to
be a major bank within Indonesian banking sector that offers
innovative and comprehensive banking products and services,
especially with its delivery channels that are equipped with Internet
Banking and Mobile Banking features.
PermataBank envisions to be the pioneer in delivering innovative
financial solutions. Serving approximately two million customers in
57 cities in Indonesia, the Bank runs 303 branch offices (13 of which
are dedicated to sharia banking), 27 mobile branches, 2 payment
points and close to 811 ATMs accessible from a network comprising
70,000 ATMs (VisaPlus, Visa Electron, MC, Alto, ATM Bersama and ATM
The latest recognition on PermataBank's outstanding achievement
includes 3 Stevie Awards received in the 9th International Business
Awards (IBA) 2012: from ELT Forum as the "Internal Communications
Campaign/Program of the Year" (Silver Award), from Unite for
Education (UFE) as "Public Service Campaign of the Year" (Silver
Award) and from Life Skills through Soccer Development School, CSR
Program as "Community Relations Campaign of the Year" (Bronze Award);
and also, Best Domestic Provider of FX Services in Indonesia from
Asiamoney, MURI Award for being the pioneer of four innovative
services in Indonesia and various breakthroughs in customer service:
being the first bank that offers online account opening at branch
offices using Tablet computer (Permata e-form), the first bank that
guarantees maximum waiting time at tellers' windows of eight minutes,
winning the highest score of call center service for seven
consecutive times (won by PermataTel), and the first domestic bank
that has launched navigator service (transaction and payment
notifications) for credit card holders. Additionally, PermataBank has
also been awarded the second rank for Best Customer Service by
MRI-InfoBank 2011/2012, "Fixed Income Poll 2011 - Overall Best
Domestic Credit Service Provider in Indonesia and Foreign Exchange
Poll 2011 - Best Domestic Provider of FX Services in Indonesia as
voted by Corporates" by AsiaMoney, the Best in Building and Managing
Corporate Image in the category of domestic banks with total assets
below Rp 10
0 trillion in Corporate Image Award 2011 organized by
Bloomberg Business Week and Frontier Consulting Group, and the Best
Mobile Phone Banking in Asia Pacific in International Excellence in
Retail Financial Services Award 2011 of the Asian Bankers.
More information about PermataBank is available on its website
About AGIT Monitise Indonesia
PT AGIT Monitise Indonesia is a joint venture between Monitise Asia
Pacific and Astra Graphia Information Technology (AGIT) created to
bring a full range of secure mobile banking, payment and commerce
services to Indonesia. AGIT, established in 2004, is an information
and communication technology business and part of PT Astra Graphia
Tbk (IDX:ASGR), a majority-owned subsidiary of PT Astra International
Tbk (IDX:ASII). As at 31 December 2012, Astra employed over 185,850
people in 170 companies, including subsidiaries, associates and
jointly controlled entities and is one of the largest publicly-listed
companies in Indonesia. More information is available at
About Monitise Asia Pacific
Monitise Asia Pacific is a 50/50 joint venture between Monitise plc
and First Eastern Mobile Investments Ltd, part of the First Eastern
Investment Group, created in 2010 to develop mobile banking, payment
and commerce services in the Asia Pacific region. First Eastern is a
leading Hong Kong-based investment group pioneering in the field of
direct investments in China founded by Victor Chu in 1988. More
information is available at www.monitise.com/ap.
Monitise plc (LSE:MONI.L) is a leading technology and services
company that delivers mobile banking, payments, and commerce networks
worldwide. Monitise enables financial institutions and other payments
companies to defend and extend their market position by protecting
their existing customer relationships and transactions while enabling
new forms of mobile commerce revenue.
Monitise powers bank-grade solutions that are delivered on premise,
or via cloud services. The value of payments and transfers initiated
via Monitise's platform technology is more than US$31bn on an
annualised basis. Monitise has a global reach and unique set of
partners and clients using its completely adaptable platform. More
information is available at www.monitise.com.
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