Visa MasterCard surpassed the number issued in Russia Bank cards

According to the NBTS, MasterCard accounted for 49.4% of all issued cards, but Visa is 44.7%. 5% is the payment system “Golden crown”, “World”, “Union Card” and other. 0.9% are American Express, JCB, UnionPay and Diners Club International.

MasterCard in the newspaper “Vedomosti” said that they would not disclose information about the company’s operations in each country, as published only global statements. Visa declined to comment.

Previously, information on the number of issued cards in Russia published by the Central Bank. According to the regulator at the end of 2012, the share of Visa accounted for 40% of the cards out of 199 million, and MasterCard — 36%. Now the official statistics in this area is not conducted, said Executive Director of the Association “national payment Council Maria Mikhailova. She noted that there is no single criterion for the evaluation of these data.

On the market share of payment systems should be judged according to turnover or number of transactions, said Mikhailov. She added that she felt “right now, any dramatic redistribution of shares between the two major players is not happening”. An unnamed employee of a major Bank told “Vedomosti” that two payment systems divide the market roughly in half, but a source close to the Central Bank, said that at the end of 2015 the share of Visa cards accounted for approximately 52% of their total traffic with MasterCard. However, in the second half of last year, according to him, the share of the latter in the momentum began to grow.

According the Nilson Report, the first in the world in the number of issued cards is China Union Pay (53,07%). Share of Visa is of 28.95%, and MasterCard – 15,35%.