The National – Tuesday, February 1, 2011
By BOSORINA ROBBY
WESTPAC and Bank South Pacific (BSP) yesterday officially announced the link-up system that allows the bank’s respective customers to use each other’s automatic teller machines (ATMs).
This means that Westpac customers can now use their Handycards to withdraw money or check bank balance through any of the 176 BSP ATMs nationwide.
Likewise, BSP customers can use their Kundu Cards at any of the 17 Westpac ATMs in the country.
BSP deputy general manager-retail Lew Kenah said this service is similar to that of BSP and ANZ and will charge a service fee of K2.50 per transaction.
He said this will provide greater convenience for the PNG bank customers.
Kenah said the bank’s commitment to providing flexible and convenient services was the bank’s response to consumers’ need to get more from the banking industry.
Westpac’s head of retail services PNG Jeanette Leeson said the successful launch of this interchange means that BSP and Westpac cardholders nationwide can use both ATMs, providing easy access and convenience for customers across the country.
Westpac PNG Ltd managing director Ashleigh Matheson said this arrangement with BSP furthers Westpac’s goals of expanding its networking and making it easier for customers to do banking.
For BSP, this successful exchange follows on the recent acceptance of MasterCard on BSP ATMs, which are all testimony to the commitment BSP has in making banking easier, safer and convenient.
BSP now has 176 ATMs with plans to roll more out, while Westpac is planning on expanding its 17 ATMS to 35 in three months.