European M-POS Providers


Understanding the European M-POS Landscape

Mercator Advisory Group releases research on opportunities for merchant acquirers in Europe and beyond

Published on: December 10, 2014
Author: Tristan Hugo-Webb
Alternate Point of Contact: Amy Dunckelmann



As economic conditions improve across Europe, micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) are starting to rebound. With consumers’ payment card use growing, accommodating their shifting payment preferences is increasingly valuable to merchants. As a result, the European merchant acquiring field has seen a surge in providers, old and new, offering mobile point-of-sale (m-POS) devices and attempting to differentiate themselves.  

The diversity of acquirers providing m-POS devices stems from the devices’ potential to generate new revenue streams, bolster acquiring relationships, and enhance the electronic payment experience for both consumers and retailers. To date, the devices represent only a small portion of the installed POS terminal base, but signs point to their rapidly becoming the preferred checkout instrument of retailers of all sizes due to the cost and efficiency savings of these handheld terminals.

Mercator Advisory Group’s latest research note, European M-POS Providers, examines the opportunity among enterprises across the Europe Union that are most likely to use m-POS devices. The note compares leading providers in terms of price, functionality, and other features and comments on future prospects for m-POS providers in Europe and beyond.

“The European m-POS market is extremely competitive, with traditional merchant acquirers and new entrants competing to provide payment acceptance hardware among Europe’s more than 21 million MSMEs. Providers of this relatively new technology and payment product are seeking to differentiate themselves in a number of ways and will the field will no doubt consolidate in the next few years, but opportunity exists in Europe and beyond,” comments Tristan Hugo-Webb, Associate Director of the International Advisory Service and the author of the note.

This research note contains 10 pages and 3 exhibits.

Companies mentioned in this note include: Visa Europe, BarclayCard, Elavon, First Data, Intuit, PayPal, WorldPay, Adyen, Eirpoint, Handpoint, Optimal Payments, iZettle, Santander UK, Payleven, SumUp, UBS, Paymax, and Wallet-E.

Members of Mercator Advisory Group’s International Payments Advisory Service have access to these notes as well as the upcoming research for the year ahead, presentations, analyst access, and other membership benefits.



Highlights of the note include:

  • Statistics that highlight the potential for m-POS devices among small and medium-sized enterprises around in Europe 
  • Comparison of the product offerings including distribution partnerships, hardware costs, processing fee structures, system operability, card network operability and other notable features 
  • Commentary on the future prospects of European m-POS providers in Europe and around the world 



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