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News article · 03 Oct 2022

BT launches secure, cloud-managed PCI payment solution for retail enterprises worldwide

New agreement with Mako Networks offers BT’s Cardway customers enhanced resilience, visibility and control.

BT today has announced a major enhancement to its Cardway portfolio of payment solutions following the signing of a global agreement with managed network security vendor Mako Networks. It will see BT offer multinational retail customers a new cloud-managed PCI-certified Secure Compliant Edge solution to make it easier for them to connect and manage thousands of sites globally in a high-performance secure, reliable, scalable and cost-effective way.

Cardway is a portfolio of solutions that help businesses accepting credit cards in person (card-present merchants) to secure and manage their networks, reduce downtime of their point-of-sale (POS) devices and optimise costs. It is designed to comply with PCI DSS regulations.

Existing and new BT customers can now upgrade to the Cardway Secure Compliant Edge for enhanced security, control and reliability. Built around the latest secure access services edge (SASE) approach, it uses proprietary Mako virtual private network (VPN) Cloud SD-WAN technology to connect and protect thousands of locations via BT-managed internet connectivity – both wired and wireless.

Mako edge devices and the Mako Central Management System form a closed-loop management interface that is end-to-end PCI-certified and cloud-accessible anytime, anywhere. Fast failover for payment zones, including a 5G cellular option, ensures business continuity.

“Trust and reliability are fundamental to great customer experiences,” said Marie Boycott, head of payments at BT’s Global unit. “With our new Cardway Secure Compliant Edge, developed with Mako, we’re helping to remove retailers’ worries about the security, performance and compliance of their payment processes. This allows them to focus on delivering excellent service overall and build strong customer relationships.”

“We are extremely proud to have been selected by BT to help expand its Cardway services with the launch of its new Mako-based secure, managed payment solution,” says Simon Gamble, president of Mako Networks. “The world's largest distributed retail enterprises are choosing Mako technology to enable transformative networking infrastructure to be efficiently deployed throughout their organizations whilst allowing franchisees the control and visibility they demand. BT's experience and reach will ensure more retailers have access to the best managed networking technology in the market.”

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Aleksander Straunik, External Communications, Global.