Configurations

 

"Native" configuration

Any C-TAP terminal can connect to any acquirer supporting the C-TAP specifications. 
  
Mixed configuration
Acquiring Processors

Some acquirers support a direct connection for C-TAP terminals

Other acquirers rely on external processors to  offer C-TAP connectivity to the merchant's community

 

 Mixed configuration
Internal conversion facility

Some acquirers support a direct connection for C-TAP terminals

Others operate an internal conversion facility* to achieve C-TAP external connectivity and convert to a terminal processing they already support e.g. for other operations.
 

Integration of terminals that support other terminal specifications

These terminal can connect to the community of acquirers and processors that offer C-TAP connectivity by using a converter* with an output conforming to C-TAP specifications. 




 
 Integration of C-TAP terminals for a community that support other terminal specifications

These C-TAP terminal can connect to the community of acquirers that rely on other specifications using a converter* with an input conforming to C-TAP specifications. 

The advantage is that a C-TAP terminal can operate in this specific community for some brands and connect to the widening C-TAP community for other brands.