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Tata Communications Banking InfraSolutions, which already manages nearly 12,900 cash vending machines, would install 14,000 ATMs for all PSBs in AP, TN, WB, Pondicherry and Andaman and Nicobar Islands by 2013-14
Mumbai: Tata Communications' payment solutions providing unit has won an exclusive order to install and manage nearly 14,000 ATMs for all public sector banks in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Pondicherry and Andaman and Nicobar Islands by 2013-14, reports PTI.
The contract has been won by the company's three-year-old wholly-owned subsidiary -- Tata Communications Banking InfraSolutions (TCBIL)-- which already manages nearly 12,900 cash vending machines for 25 banks and a few co-operative banks across the country.
TCBIL, which specialises in payment solutions for the banking and financial services sector, is the single largest ATM operator. It has around 19% market share in terms of the number of outsourced cash vending machines and with the current order, this will go up to 21%, TCBIL President Sudip Kumar told a select media briefing here today.
"With this contract, which is a huge endorsement of our competence in the banking infrasolutions space, as we commenced operations only three years ago, we have become the largest managed ATM services provider, with almost 27,000 contracted ATMs nationwide," Kumar said.
The second largest operator is the ATM manufacturer-cum- operator NCR, which enjoys 12% market share.
This contract award is part of the Government push for extending the reach of banking to unbanked areas. Last year, Finance Ministry had asked state-run banks to come together to launch ATMs. Accordingly, PSBs will be installing 63,000 cash machines by 2013-14 under a managed ATM services model.
Plans are also afoot to allow third-party operators to enter the fray under what is called white label ATMs, under which everything, including branding, will done by independent ATM operators for banks for a fee. The RBI has already issued a draft guidelines on white label ATMs.
On the rationale for a telecom network firm entering the banking services space, Tata Communications Chief Strategy Officer Srinivasa Addepalli said, "Already banks are our largest customers and there can be better synergy in extending our offering into the ATM space."
Asked when TCBIL, which is yet to report profit, will clock profit, Kumar did not give a direct reply but said normally an ATM takes seven to nine months to turn profitable.
Last year the company had revenues of about Rs180 crore, he added.
On an average, the cost of installing an ATM varies from Rs5 to Rs7 lakh, and the charges an operator nets varies between Rs6 and Rs12 per transaction, depending on location.
Accordingly, 100 transactions a day can turn a particular site profitable after this gestation period, Kumar added.
TCBIL's first ATM went operational in July 2009 and it added nearly half of its network of 12,900 last year spanning over 300 towns or cities.