Mobile payments pioneer says Czech banks well positioned to “copy” Scandinavian success


  • Scandinavian mobile payments expert, Daniel Dõderlein, booked to speak in Prague
  • Although banks have 18 months post PSD2 to comply, it is widely understood that the Czech Republic is one of the countries being pushed by the regulators to open up APIs from next year
  • No clear bank-issued mobile payments winner in Czech Republic or other CEE countries

Prague, 28 August 2017: Scandinavian mobile payments pioneer, Daniel Döderlein, CEO and Founder of Auka, is confirmed to speak at two high profile banking conferences taking place in Prague during the period 20 to 22 September. He will discuss how the future of banking in the Czech Republic and Central Europe will play out in a post-PSD2 world.

The second payment services directive (PSD2) is an EU directive which comes into effect on the 13th January, 2018. Amongst other mandates, all banks in the European region must open up their APIs to allow licensed third-parties access.

Banks don’t have to comply with the regulatory technical standards (RTS) on strong customer authentication (SCA) and common communication by then, though. They have 18 months after the finalisation of RTS (which is estimated to be November 2018) to comply.

Banks across Scandinavia are already compliant with many of the directives contained within PSD2 – such as having open APIs accessible to agreed third-parties. Scandinavian mobile payments systems are the most successful bank issued systems of their kind in the world, having been adopted by more than 65 per cent of the population.

Auka works with banks all over the world to help them become compliant with and then to monetise PSD2. The Czech Republic is presently regarded as having one of the strongest banking economies in the region, which allows it to easily invest in innovation, and it already has a high per capita usage of smartphone technology. Taking that into account, derlein sees the Czech banking market has a prime opportunity to exploit PSD2 to its advantage.

Discussing this in more detail he said:

“There is no clear mobile payments winner in the Czech Republic or its closest neighbouring regions yet. The addressable market is not that much larger than that of the Scandinavian countries where bank-issued mobile payment solutions have meant the likes of Apple Pay haven’t been able to gain a strong foothold.

“Auka was the first to develop mobile payment technology in the Nordics, the first to launch mobile payments in Norway and the world’s first regulated financial services company to run 100% on the public cloud. We have the experience and expertise needed to guide Czech banks through the PSD2 minefield”.

Döderlein will be speaking at both the Phoenix and the Second Innovations on Banking CE conferences on the 20th and 21st September, respectively. Auka expects that the visit will lead to many other opportunities to become active in both the CR and elsewhere in the region.

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