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Kazakhstan has the largest economic system in Central Asia. It is the world’s largest landlocked country, and the ninth largest in the world, with an area of 2,7 mln km2 and a population of 18.3 mln people. There are 28 banks, and the number of bankcards reached a record this year — 20.5 million. The Kazakhstan market is attractive to foreign investors and innovative technology companies such as Penkių kontinentų bankinės technologijos (BS/2), part of Penki kontinentai.
The history of BS/2 Kazakhstan, supplying and servicing the banking equipment in Kazakhstan, has been around for 10 years. December 23, 2008, is the official date of the BS/2 subsidiary establishment, but the Penki kontinentai group has been operating in this country’s market since 1999. It was a long way of overcoming various obstacles and conquering new peaks.
“The BS/2 work geography is constantly growing. Improvement of services and the introduction of new banking products stimulate the rapid development of the Kazakhstan financial market, which is attractive for us as suppliers of innovative equipment and software. We appreciate the intellectual potential of Kazakhstan and take part in exhibitions and forums held there. We organized an international conference IN TOUCH 2018 in Almaty together with world leader in banking and retail solutions Diebold Nixdorf,” says BS/2 Deputy General Director Tomas Augucevičius.
According to him, BS/2 Kazakhstan cooperates with the largest commercial and state banks of Kazakhstan and specializes in the supply and maintenance of banking equipment, as well as the implementation of software solutions. BS/2 Kazakhstan occupies one of the leading positions in the technical support and has a large network of service centers throughout the country.
“BS/2 Kazakhstan has been operating in the market of Kazakhstan since 2008. Before that, we operated at the representation level. Today we have a large network of service centers and are the leader in the outsourcing market for the entire range of IT services. Only this year, the company opened 12 additional service centers throughout the country. More than 10 thousand ATMs operate in the country, 30 percent of them are serviced by our specialists,” says Kairat Bekbaganbetov, director of BS/2 Kazakhstan.
Besides, the company conducts testing of various innovative solutions in Kazakhstan. BS/2 Kazakhstan plans to introduce to the market a new software for ATMs, which will ensure the possibility of withdrawing cash using a smartphone instead of a card and will allow financial institutions to add customized offers to customers.
Other projects are related to the monitoring and optimization of cash flow, biometric identification and the use of contactless cards.
“Kazakhstan is the largest market of our work. We can talk about terms of our success in this country for a long time: the professionalism, the individual approach to customers and the innovative solutions. However, the basis, of course, are people — our employees and reliable partners. As a result of successful projects in Kazakhstan, group’s income in the region increased by more than 3 times compared to 2017 year,” says Anton Valinčius, BS/2 Regional Head.
Talking about the development of BS/2 Kazakhstan, he focused on the fact that the company has evolved from the equipment and IT services supplier to the banking technologies expert and the strategic partner of financial institutions. The company continues to invest in expanding the range of services. The main thing in the competitive environment is not to slow down the pace and continue to find creative ways of solving problems. New horizons, achievements and discoveries await ahead!