Zambia to link up mobile money players

14 May 2019

The Bank of Zambia is working on a project to link up all mobile money service providers across the country.

It is being carried out in collaboration with the Zambia Electronic Clearing House Limited (ZECHL) and implemented under the National Financial Switch (NFS), an electronic platform which will link all mobile money operators to increase financial inclusion among the over 60 per cent unbanked Zambian nationals.

 

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GSMA highlights policy reforms to lift Nigerian economy

06 March 2019

Modernising regulation and policy reform will be crucial to boosting Nigeria’s digital economy and boosting mobile broadband penetration, according to the GSMA. 

Speaking after an event held in conjunction with the Nigerian Communications Commission at the end of last November, the GSMA’s sub-Saharan Africa head Akinwale Goodluck said:  “For Nigeria to take full advantage of the next phase of its digital transformation, it’s vital that collaboration between industry and government enables the right policy environment for millions to benefit from ultra-fast mobile broadband.

“If policies don’t keep pace with the needs of society and technological innovation, there is a risk that citizens will be left behind and productivity and competitiveness will suffer.”

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MTN opens mobile money API and launches startups fund

06 March 2019

Developers and programmers in Uganda are being given free access to MTN’s mobile money proprietary software platform.

The company hopes the move will spur innovation in the developer community around the country.

Third party developers will be able to access MTN’s mobile money API (access programming interface) via http://MoMoDeveloper.MTN.com/.

The operator says this replaces the previous system where developers had to physically submit paperwork to MTN Uganda and then go through a lengthy standard integration process.

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South African MVNO team up with British based firm

05 March 2019

South African MVNO The Unlimited has gone into partnership with British based cryptocurrency, Electroneum (ETN), to help manage airtime top up via the latter’s mobile app.

ETN users in South Africa can now top up their airtime and data directly with cryptocurrency and The Unlimited, which doubles up as a financial services provider, will give users double airtime and double data, as an incentive to purchase via the payment method.

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