1LINK (Guarantee) Limited is a consortium of major banks that own and operate the largest representative interbank network in Pakistan and is incorporated under the Company Law, Section 42 by Security and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP).
- Year 1999: ABN AMRO and Askari Bank connected their ATM network to provide expanded services to their customers.
- Year 2002: SBP circular for the mandatory connectivity of either of the two switches (1LINK or MNET).
- Year 2003: 1LINK formed with a consortium of eleven founder banks.
- Year 2005: 1LINK partnership with Visa International using cutting edge technology
- Year 2006: 1LINK launched Inter Bank Funds Transfer Service (IBFT)
- Year 2007: 1LINK launched Utility Bill Payment Service (UBPS)
1LINK is owned by the consortium of eleven major banks of the country and operates through a chief executive officer. The company Board consists of eleven directors, one from each founder member bank.
The era of President General Pervez Musharraf starting from 1999 saw a revolution in banking industry. By using ATM, people had an ease of accessing their own money and they no longer had to go through the hassle of bank queues for withdrawing their own money.
The number of 1LINK member banks has increased rapidly since the inception of the company in 2004.
1LINK is the largest banking consortium in Pakistan. It is only national ATM switches operational in the country. The State Bank of Pakistan has mandated that all commercial banks in Pakistan, both foreign and domestic, become members of 1LINK. Additionally, the four switches have been interconnected since 2006, which means that a consumer holding an ATM or debit card issued by any bank in Pakistan may use any ATM located throughout the country.
- Member Banks – 38
- Billing Companies – 70
- Affiliates Members – 04
- White Label ATM – 01
- Strength of thirty-eight banks, including all Islamic banks of the country and microfinance banks.
- Pakistan’s largest ATM switch with 14,000+ ATMs in 200+ cities nationwide.
- Debit/credit card base exceeding 7.11 Million.
- Volume of PKR 14.2 billion (monthly average) of ATM withdrawal.
- Inter bank funds transfer among more than 3,000 branches of participating IBFT Banks nationwide.
- Monthly Rs. 388 million (approximately) transfer of funds among IBFT banks.
Products and Services
- Shared ATM Network
- Inter Bank Funds Transfer (1IBFT)
- Bill Payment Service (BPS)
- GPS Connectivity
- Switch Dispute Resolution System (SDRS)
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