WorldRemit customers can now send money instantly to MTN Mobile Money wallets in Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia. The launch follows the signing of a global partnership agreement earlier this year, to enable WorldRemit customers all over the world to send international remittances to MTN’s Mobile Money customers. People in more than 52 countries already use…
Western Union and MTN Group have teamed to launch a new mobile money transfer service in Rwanda and Ivory Coast. The new service allows MTN customers in both countries to receive a Western Union Money Transfer® transaction in their mobile wallet.
The largest payment switch in Rwanda, RSwitch, and UnionPay International have inked a deal for ATMs of all the member banks of RSwitch to accept UnionPay cards by the end of this year.
Vodafone Group and MTN Group have inked a deal to interconnect their mobile money services. This will enable customers of M-Pesa and MTN Mobile Money in East Africa to transfer money to each other.
Verifone Mobile Money (VMM) and South Africa’s MTN Group have inked an agreement to deliver retail payment devices to merchants across 16 of MTN’s operating countries. The solution will enable customers to pay for goods and services using their mobile phone and MTN Mobile Money wallet, while merchants will be provided with payment terminal solutions from Verifone.
Last year Visa, Chase and Bharti Airtel launched the Airtel Money Visa Card in Kenya and this year are taking their partnership into seven new African markets. New Delhi-based Airtel is a global telecommunications company with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa.
WorldRemit and MTN have signed a global partnership that will enable WorldRemit customers to send remittances instantly to MTN’s Mobile Money customers. The agreement extends WorldRemit’s position as the leading provider of remittances to Mobile Money users (also known as mobile wallets) at a time when the technology is experiencing rapid uptake, especially in Africa.
MasterCard operates in 48 of Africa’s 55 markets, thanks to expansion into seven new markets across Central and West Africa – Chad, Central African Republic, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Rwanda and The Gambia. The MasterCard acceptance network of ATMs and Point of Sale terminals has also increased significantly to reach more than 58,000 ATM locations and 438,000 POS terminals across Africa. The introduction of electronic payments to these markets is providing positive social and economic impact as companies get to conduct their businesses beyond the cash environment.
oti PetroSmart received a follow-on order from Smart Applications International Ltd. (SMART) for 200,000 MediSmart cards. The MediSmart solution is an information management and claims submission system that incorporates contactless smart card and biometric technologies. oti’s MediSmart cards validate the identity of a patient by using fingerprint biometric technology, which cuts down on fraud and impersonation. MediSmart benefits medical administrators, hospitals, clinics, medical service providers and patients by offering fast and secure access to medical information, transaction generation, claims and expense management, and reporting tools. SMART continues building its presence in the African healthcare sector. MediSmart has recently been enhanced to support electronic switching of claims, improving the efficiency of claims delivery and the quality of data delivered to customers.
Visa Inc. launched “Everywhere you want to be,” a multi-stakeholder communications platform that reflects our ambition to deliver universal access to Visa’s secure, reliable and convenient digital payments. For decades, Visa, the global digital payments network, has been driven by a set of ideals anchored in our vision of being the “best way to pay and be paid.” This has expanded in recent years to include “for everyone, everywhere.” By evolving our famous tagline – “It’s everywhere you want to be” – the company is recommitting to these ideals and vision for consumers, merchants, governments, financial institutions and employees with a unified message tailored to each audience.
Ecobank Transnational Inc. and MasterCard today announced a multi-country licensing agreement which will provide access to MasterCard’s electronic payments solutions for Ecobank’s customers in a further 23 African countries. The agreement is the culmination of a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) originally signed in November 2011, and importantly, enables electronic payments access to more than 60% of Africa’s population. Ecobank subsidiaries in 28 countries across Sub-Saharan Africa are now licensed to issue and accept electronic payments through MasterCard prepaid, debit and credit cards. With this partnership, Ecobank’s customers in this fast-growing region will have access to MasterCard’s credit, debit and prepaid card products, whilst MasterCard will leverage Ecobank’s unrivalled pan-African footprint to provide its electronic payments solutions to a wider customer base.
Visa launched “Everywhere you want to be” multi-stakeholder communications platform designed to deliver universal access to Visa’s secure digital payments. In the 21st century, “everywhere” transcends card usage at physical locations. It’s about realizing potential and achieving dreams. “Everywhere” now is relevant for a farmer in Rwanda paying school fees on his mobile phone, a jewelry designer in California selling to a global online customer base or a government official in Brazil rebuilding a village using a Visa prepaid card. With a new tagline, as well as a refreshed brand logo, Visa is introducing a new visual identity for one of the most recognized and powerful brands in the world. Visa’s first new spot under the “Everywhere you want to be” tagline is entitled “Flying,” and features U.S. Olympic women’s ski jumping hopeful and Team Visa athlete, Sarah Hendrickson.