Telkomsel Indonesia has launched its digital wallet for its 140 million subscribers. The TWallet is powered by Mozido in partnership with Verifone, and Finnet Indonesia.
CardWeb.com’s CardExecs database of payments industry movers and shakers today features Sudheer Prem, Chief Technology Officer of ID Insight.
Juniper Research has revealed how Service Providers are benefiting from the boom in mobile money transfer services – with $2bn in revenues forecast for this year and $4bn annually 2018.
According to new research the mobile money market is expected to grow from $12.34 billion in 2014 to $78.02 billion by 2019, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 44.6% during the forecast period from 2014 to 2019. In terms of regions, MEA is expected to be the biggest market in terms of market size, whereas APAC and NA are expected to experience increased market traction, during the forecast period.
Norway’s Telenor, TeliaSonera and Tele2 have selected the Amdocs Mobile Financial Services solution to advance their Strex joint venture for mobile payments. Mobile financial services are already very popular in Norway, with Strex handling more than 75 million SMS-based payment transactions annually.
Informatica Corporation (INFA) data integration software announced that the Western Union Company has made Informatica the data integration provider for its internal data initiative. Data insights are helping Western Union continue to enhance its digital service offerings, maximize customer satisfaction and improve brand loyalty across the many facets of its global operations. In 2013, Western Union completed 242 million consumer-to-consumer transactions worldwide and 459 million business payments, equating to more than 29 transactions per second, on average.
Fiserv announced new real-time electronic payments monitoring capabilities to prevent fraud. The solutions protect clients from the ever increasing threat of payments fraud, covering both international and domestic payments for Automated Clearinghouse (ACH) and wire (Fed and SWIFT), and complement the enhanced SWIFT Sanctions Screening capabilities now available on the Financial Crime Risk Management Platform (FCRM) from Fiserv. ACH Fraud Prevention from Fiserv takes an integrated, cross-channel view of customers and their behavior. Detection and interdiction scenarios evaluate ACH files, batches and transactions, looking for unusual patterns of behavior and other variables that indicate fraud risk. The system continuously builds intelligence for each customer, account and other entities relevant to the ACH process to support accurate detection on anomalies. Non-transactional data including session data can also be incorporated into real-time strategies based on the level of risk presented by account activity or a specific transaction. The detection capabilities can be seamlessly integrated with an organization’s compliance activities such as collecting notes and evidence, tracking financials and preparing regulatory reporting.
GlobalCollect announced Elevate Data Services, a comprehensive Business Intelligence solution designed specifically for online payments and chargebacks. Elevate was conceived in response to the unique need for insights expressed by GlobalCollect’s clients, and developed in close cooperation with GlobalCollect’s Customer Advisory Board (GCAB), which includes many leading international eCommerce companies.
Fonetic integrated voice biometrics capabilities into its Dodd-Frank Trading Record Keeping Compliance Solution, offering the first solution provider to utilize voice biometrics to enhance bank compliance with Dodd-Frank Title VII mandates. Fonetic’s solution captures, indexes, analyzes and extracts relevant unstructured data from all voice, email and chat interactions to create a fully-searchable database of all communications pertaining to a bank’s traders and trades. By adding biometric voice analysis, Fonetic empowers banks to verify a caller’s identity, track their interactions, and authenticate transactions based on their unique voiceprint. With even the smallest voice sample, Fonetic can scan millions of calls and cross-match voiceprints with other known criteria – such as call content – to identify the caller. Once identified, the caller’s voice becomes searchable data that banks can use to facilitate regulatory inquiries or quickly identify inappropriate trading behaviors.
Telefónica and MasterCardMFS (Mobile Financial Service), a joint venture between Telefónica and MasterCard Worldwide, is launching Zuum mobile payment service. Allowing customers access to a pre-paid account on their phone that will allow them to transfer money, buy credits for pre-paid mobile phones, and pay bills, customers can also choose to receive a pre-paid card from MasterCard which is connected to the same pre-paid account. Customers can use the card to make purchases in more than 1.8 million affiliated establishments and withdraw money in Cirrus ATMs. Zuum uses USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Service Data) technology to enable users to access their accounts from their Vivo mobile phone, using any device. It’s as simple as sending a text message, but without the cost. There’s no maintenance fee for the account or the card.
Visa launched its plug-and-play mobile money platform, allowing financial institutions and mobile operators to offer bank-grade managed mobile financial services to consumers. This allows Visa to host and fully manage all aspects of a mobile money program on behalf of the provider, from user interface design to consumer enrollment, transactions processing, authorization, clearing and settlement. This can enable domestic-only or globally interoperable mobile money services. Users can access a financial account that is linked to their mobile phone number. From cash-in and -out transactions at agent locations, to paying bills, sending money to relatives, topping-up air time and buying train tickets, consumers can take advantage of bank-grade financial services and Visa-quality payments. Visa’s new platform is designed to comply with the regulatory frameworks established for mobile financial services for mobile network operators and financial institutions to provide local connection to Visa’s global payment network, VisaNet.
The Telefónica Group and MasterCard International launched its MFS joint venture to develop mobile payment solutions. MFS’ first product will be a pre-paid account accessed via mobile phones alongside a MasterCard card, which will let consumers transfer cash to other people, make in-store purchases, top-up airtime and carry out other financial transactions. It will primarily focus on the payment requirements of Telefónica Vivo customers who do not have bank accounts, offering them financial inclusion. Cash can be transferred onto pre-paid accounts at mobile phone refill stations, supermarkets and newspaper stands.