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Cash May Not Be King, but It’s Still Royalty

“Yet digital’s gain isn’t necessarily coming at the expense of cash. The overall pie still appears to be growing. Only two countries, Russia and Sweden, had a net substitution of cards for cash from 2007 to 2016, with cash in circulation shrinking as card payments grew, according to the Bank for International Settlements. In other […]

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GCash Breaches 50k QR Merchant Mark

“GCash, operated by Globe Fintech Innovations Inc. (Mynt), continuously sets up as many QR-enabled merchants as possible, because it believes that the future of mobile digital payments lies on innovative technologies. “QR payments provide security and convenience to both merchants and their customers,” said JM Aujero, vice president for Merchant Solutions. Our thrust as a […]
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Kenya’s Safaricom FY Earnings Jump on M-Pesa Growth

“Safaricom, which is partly owned by South Africa’s Vodacom and Britain’s Vodafone, said rapid growth in M-Pesa had offset a sharp slowdown in the growth of its internet access provision, data, business. M-Pesa revenue jumped 19.2 percent to account for 31.2 percent of the company’s revenue of 240.3 billion shillings, Chief Financial Officer Sateesh Kamath […]
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Mobile Money Comes to Nigeria

“In the past decade a mobile-money revolution has swept through much of Africa, enabling the unbanked to make transfers, pay bills and save. Half of the world’s 866m mobile-money accounts are in Africa, not counting services which need users to belong to a bank. But not many are in Nigeria, its largest economy and most […]
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Zambia Looks to Link up Mobile Money Operators – ITWeb Africa

“The project is being undertaken in collaboration with the Zambia Electronic Clearing House Limited (ZECHL) and implemented under the National Financial Switch (NFS), an electronic platform (system) which will link all mobile money operators in a bid to increase financial inclusion among the over 60% unbanked Zambians. The NFS is being established under the National […]
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Nigeria Is Finally Turning to Telcos to Drive Financial Inclusion Through Mobile Money

“The regulatory caution and conservatism often blamed for holding Nigeria back finally looks set to change with the central bank reversing a longstanding stance on declining to issue mobile money licenses to telecoms operators. In the wake of the central bank’s change in tack, MTN, Nigeria’s largest telecoms operator, with more than 60 million customers, […]
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Namibia Operator Tipped for Mobile Money Move

“Namibia’s largest operator by connections, MTC, revealed it was at an advanced stage of developing a mobile money service, Windhoek Observer reported, with the proposition set to challenge in the country’s bank-led sector.”
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The Role of Cash In/Cash Out in Digital Financial Inclusion

“There’s a common assumption in the financial inclusion community that the best way to dethrone cash in emerging markets is to devise more use cases for digital financial services (DFS) that are so compelling that customers will prefer them over cash. While there is evidence that customer-centric products lead to DFS uptake and customer retention, […]
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