PKO Bank Polski rumoured to have big user numbers in mobile payment

Rumours says that PKO Bank Polski, the largest bank in Poland, has reached over 20 000 users with its IKO mobile payment service, and this only a few weeks after launch and without any heavy marketing.

Compared with some mobile banking and mobile money transfer services the figure may sound low, but remember that this is a “real” mobile money service that covers all payment situations and more. Besides POS, online and P2P, also ATM cash withdrawal using mobile instead of card and mobile money vouchers.

I been following adoption for many pilots and the very few commercial launches for some years, and I have not heard this kind of numbers in Europe before. It will be interesting to follow PKO, especially when they will do more marketing. I think PKO is doing  this the right way though they also think about the payment eco-system and for example include 65 000+ POS-terminals and over 3 000 ATMs in the rollout of IKO.

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