Visa launches mobile prepaid product for Africa

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Earlier this year, Visa Inc. acquired Fundamo, a leading mobile money platform. Visa has now created its first mobile payment platform which enables financial institutions and mobile network operators to offer Visa prepaid accounts on mobile phones to unbanked and under-banked consumers in developing countries.

MTN Group, a leading telecommunications provider in Africa and the Middle East, plans to offer the new Visa product to MTN Mobile Money customers across its markets.

Initially, the new collaborative move will be launched in Nigeria and Uganda. This is great news, as the push from Visa is bound to give mobile money the much needed push here in Nigeria and elsewhere.

I really am looking forward to this. In my opinion, most of the existing mobile money options on ground here are too cumbersome and not quite fit for e-commerce use yet.

Perhaps, Visa Mobile can change the playing ground significantly.

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5 thoughts on “Visa launches mobile prepaid product for Africa

  • November 21, 2011 at 10:17 am
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    I really am looking forward to this. In my opinion, most of the existing mobile money options on ground here are too cumbersome and not quite fit for e-commerce use yet.

    Exactly! I believe the convenience of ease of use is one thing that would stand this new mobile payment option in good stead as against the competition.

  • November 21, 2011 at 10:28 am
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    Does this include online payment as well, it would be cool if i could easily pay for software updates without going through a third party.

  • November 21, 2011 at 11:08 am
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    this is a laudable development. It would nice to be able to pay pay goods and services in the convenience of your mobile phone. It’s a good thing obviously!

  • November 21, 2011 at 12:32 pm
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    so its now mtn/visa and airtel/nastercard.let the competition begins

  • November 21, 2011 at 10:51 pm
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    Mobile Money seems to be shrouded in some kind of mystery, until the mask is taken off and it is demystified, acceptance would be hard.

    I read earlier today where Micro Finance institutions where being asked to partner with mobile money operators and use their existing network as a leverage. I am interested in this and will keep watching.

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