Release 3.1 of the ISO8583 based technical Specifications published; Mobile Top-Up services added

The Berlin Group has published a new release of its ISO8583 based authorisation and clearing specifications. The new release contains new services around top-up functions for prepaid mobile phones. One service is the extension of funds request for a mobile top-up. This funds request contains in addition the mobile phone data which is then available for print out on account statements of the cardholder. Another service is a funds request combined with a top-up request. This addresses the typical touristic scenario, where the card issuer and the mobile operator have a top-up connection and the POS/ATM acquirer not. In this scenario a POS/ATM acquirer from one banking community sends a combined

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