Sun picks up BPay's e-bill

BPay has chosen Sun Microsystems to provide technology for its electronic bill presentment (EBP) service which it plans to launch by the middle of next year.

BPay said EBP will allow customers to view, query and pay summary bills through their bank's Internet site.

Billers will have the choice of delivering summary bills to BPay direct or through their chosen billing service provider.

Based on its iPlanet software, Sun will provide the hardware platform, environmental and application software and service for the service.

Linda Hemstrom, national business manager for BPay, said Sun was chosen after an extensive review of EBP solutions providers.

"The leading financial institutions have indicated their strong support for BPay's expansion into electronic bill presentment."

More than 100 Australian financial institutions offer BPay to their customers, and more than 3500 billers accept BPay payments.

BPay said its latest research indicates a rapid growing interest in EBP, with 36 per cent of current BPay users ready to receive bills online.

A recent study by Jupiter Communications in the US predicts more than 40 million US households will pay bills online by 2005.

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