Poland, Feb. 28, 2012 – First Data Corporation, a global leader in electronic commerce and payment processing, today announced that it has been named winner of the ‘Usage Award’ at the Merchant Payments Ecosystem (MPE) Awards 2012 for the roll out of contactless terminals in Poland.

The First Data campaign centered on developing the national payment market in Poland and providing the infrastructure to enable Polish merchants to offer innovative contactless payment solutions, while at the same time issuing contactless cards to the Polish banks with which it cooperates. Thanks to First Data’s contribution Poland is now a global leader in adopting contactless technology. The company plans to continue to develop the contactless payment network, which has been a catalyst for the popularisation of electronic payment forms among Polish consumers.

Janusz Diemko, Managing Director of First Data in Poland, commented: “The adoption of contactless technology continues to evolve and expand at a rapid pace globally. More and more businesses are recognising the value of this technology and the benefits contactless brings when deployed as part of an integrated payments strategy. Our work in Poland demonstrates the advantages of taking a collaborative approach to rolling out contactless technology to both merchants and banks for the benefit of the end consumer.”

The MPE Awards recognise the best performers and innovators in the payment acceptance arena, companies that have significantly contributed to the development of in-store, online and mobile payment acceptance in Europe and worldwide. The winners were announced on February 23rd at a prestigious award ceremony in Berlin attended by professionals from across the payments industry.

About First Data

Around the world, every second of every day, First Data makes payment transactions secure, fast and easy for merchants, financial institutions and their customers. First Data leverages its vast product portfolio and expertise to drive customer revenue and profitability. Whether the choice of payment is by debit or credit card, gift card, check or mobile phone, online or at the checkout counter, First Data takes every opportunity to go beyond the transaction.

Olga Małecka, First Data
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