Little Use of On-Line Banking in Guatemala

Users continue to prefer traditional operations; bankers maintain that in a short time frame, this tendency will revert itself.

Monday, February 16, 2009 publishes an article in its website: "Among the hundred of the most visited places on the internet, and in just half of the count, only three banks are placed: G&T Continental (46), Industrial (51) and Banrural (60).

Bankers have wagered on digital services to reduce operating costs: from the paperwork that is avoided in transactions to the personnel that assist account holders."

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Luis Lara, Banco Industrial CEO, told that "...he expect volume to increase to 80.000 transactions a month. These services will eventually substitute the use of checks".