Klarna launches Open Banking platform
Klarna, one of Europe’s leading payment providers and the global market leader in payment initiation services, announces the launch of its own Open Banking Platform.
Koen Köppen, Chief Technology Officer at Klarna, says: “At Klarna, we have an unparalleled depth of experience and capabilities in XS2A, and for over 15 years, we have succeeded in the midst of huge complexity. Now in the midst of further change and transformation from the PSD2 legislation and steps towards European Open Banking, we can enable other fintechs, banks and others to develop, test and bring new services and products to the market at a faster pace, through our Platform and by integrating with our single API. Our technology allows us to offer an ecosystem of services not only to consumers but also to businesses – whether that’s in retail, financial services or technology. We look forward to seeing all new solutions and products that will grow out of this, creating a consumer centric financial services industry in Europe.”
Klarna’s Open Banking Platform will offer a combination of both account information services (AIS) providing consolidated information on payment accounts, and payment initiation services (PIS) enabling account to account direct bank transfers as licensed under PSD2. Klarna’s XS2A PIS solution transferred over 10 billion Euros in volumes and completed over 100 million transactions for 2018 alone across markets. Klarna has had an unrelenting focus on providing a great user experience and high performance of the service, which is continually optimised. Across its markets, Klarna has a superior PIS conversion rate from the login to successful completion of the flow. The Klarna Open Banking Platform also provides developer friendly tools and technical solutions to help solve both the compliance and UX aspects of managing credentials and to overall help drive an accelerated time to market for products while minimizing costs and technological investments required.
George Parks Davie, Manager Open Banking Platform at Klarna, says: “We can offer the leading technology, quality, knowledge and market presence to help other players develop even better services and products for their consumers. Klarna’s XS2A API opens up a range of opportunities and through developer-friendly infrastructure it also empowers innovators. This is just another way of how Klarna aims to continually enhance the value we offer to consumers, helping them shop, save and manage their money as smoothly as possible.”