Algerian Post Office awards ATM contract to Wincor Nixdorf
Algérie Poste has concluded a contract with Wincor Nixdorf for the delivery, installation and ten-year maintenance of 600 automated teller machines (ATMs). The installation of the 600 new ProCash 285 ATM systems will be carried out over the next 18 months. Currently, some 2,000 ATMs are in use throughout Algeria, with the majority operated by the post office.
When the new systems are in place, the state-run postal company will operate around 80% of all ATMs in the country.
“This new contract has helped Wincor Nixdorf significantly expand its previous market share of 52% in the Algerian ATM market,” says Ibn Eddine Gherdis, Head of Banking Division at Wincor Nixdorf Algérie.
“As the market leader, we are also expected to exert technology leadership in our country,” points out Rachid Benazouz, who heads Electronic Payments and Postal Finance Services. “Digitalization is currently the number one objective at Algérie Poste.”
The ATMs will not only offer basic functions such as cash withdrawals and balance inquiries but also options for direct marketing and cell phone top-ups.
About a quarter of the 600 new ATMs will be used to replace outdated systems; the rest are new additions.
“We want to increase the proximity to our 18 million customers,” added Benazouz. “This broader ATM presence is part of the supply mandate we have to fulfill as a state-run company.”
The new locations will mainly be in post office branches, but Algerians will also be able to use Algérie Poste ATMs at shopping centres, university campuses and large school facilities.
Algérie Poste also recently awarded Wincor Nixdorf an order to equip its service counters with peripherals.