Wednesday 21 October, 2009 | Blog | Ghana | Mobile Money | Operational best practices | Sub-Saharan Africa
Earlier this week I spoke with Bruno Akpaka from MTN Mobile Money in Ghana. MTN have rapidly grown the network of MTN Mobile Money merchants using a unique approach that is closely linked to their partnership with 9 banks in Ghana.
Wednesday 21 October, 2009 | Blog | Global | Mobile Money | Operational best practices
Today we launched a new feature on the blog – the mobile money video directory. Click on the ‘Videos’ link at left to check it out. There are already more than 50 videos in the directory, and this number will continue to grow.
Saturday 17 October, 2009 | Blog | Mobile Money | Operational best practices | Pakistan | South Asia
Telenor Pakistan and Tameer Microfinance Bank yesterday announced the launch of ‘easypaisa’, described as ‘a uniquely convenient and safe way for the people of Pakistan to carry out financial transactions.’
Thursday 1 October, 2009 | Blog | Mobile Money | Operational best practices | Sub-Saharan Africa | Uganda
Earlier this week I spoke with Richard Mwami, Head of MTN Mobile Money in Uganda. Richard described the model that MTN has taken to market in the country, the agent network that has been built, and the growth they have experienced to date.
Thursday 17 September, 2009 | Blog | Global | Mobile Money | Operational best practices
The GSMA is providing grants to operators in order to accelerate mobile money deployments around the world. Today, we are able to announce the first four of these operators who will receive grants; these are AXIS in Indonesia, Oi Paggo in Brazil, Roshan in Afghanistan and ...
Tuesday 15 September, 2009 | Blog | East Asia and Pacific | Mobile Money | Operational best practices | South Asia
For some time, mobile money news has been dominated by activity in Africa: announcements by group operators with a presence in the region such as MTN, Vodafone, Zain, Orange and Orascom have been hogging the international headlines.
Monday 14 September, 2009 | Blog | Global | Mobile Money | Operational best practices
Agent distribution and the economics of branchless banking is a topic of great importance to the great work in this field, and today I’m pleased to share an important article from Ignacio Mas of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Friday 11 September, 2009 | Afghanistan | Blog | Mobile Money | Operational best practices | South Asia
This is the second part of my conversation with Zahir Khoja. In this segment, Zahir describes the significance of the phrase ‘The Hawala on your Mobile’, the market conditions that were taken into account when designing M-PAISA, the process and importance of agent training, ...
Thursday 10 September, 2009 | Blog | Kenya | Mobile Money | Operational best practices | Sub-Saharan Africa | Tanzania
The mobile money community has watched (and compared) the adoption of M-PESA in Kenya and Tanzania with great interest. We're pleased this month to offer an article from Gunnar Camner and Emil Sjoblom from Valuable Bits, and Caroline Pulver from FSD Kenya.
Wednesday 9 September, 2009 | Blog | Global | Mobile Money | Operational best practices
As more and more operators are becoming interested in mobile money, it is encouraging to see that the largest technology players are anticipating and responding to their customer’s needs; which is great for the industry and ultimately the unbanked.
M-PAISA: Zahir Khoja Describes the Challenges and Opportunities of Launching Mobile Money in Afghanistan
Tuesday 8 September, 2009 | Blog | Mobile Money | Pakistan | South Asia
Earlier this week I had an opportunity to speak with Zahir Khoja, Executive Director – Mobile Money (M-PAISA) at Roshan. As the world’s focus turns once again to Afghanistan during the country’s elections process, I wanted to get Zahir’s perspective on launching mobile money.
Tuesday 11 August, 2009 | Blog | East Asia and Pacific | Mobile Money | Operational best practices | Philippines
Our recent survey in the Philippines suggests that the early adopters of mobile money are unique in two important ways: the way that they use of voice and data services, and the frequency that they purchase load.
Tuesday 4 August, 2009 | Blog | East Asia and Pacific | Mobile Money | Operational best practices | Philippines
Earlier in the year, the GSMA and our friends at CGAP conducted a consumer survey in the Philippines, one of the most advanced markets for mobile money. To understand some of the factors that contribute to mobile money adoption, we spoke to over 1,000 unbanked customers
Tuesday 14 July, 2009 | Blog | Global | Mobile Money | Operational best practices
The GSMA announced the launch of the Mobile Money Exchange initiative at this year’s Mobile Money Summit in Barcelona. In advance of the Exchange’s release by Q4 2009, Reed Peterson, Director of Business Development at the GSMA, has addressed some common questions
Tuesday 30 June, 2009 | Blog | Global | Mobile Money | Policy and regulation
The first annual Mobile Money Leadership Forum was held in Barcelona on 25 June, 2009. To our knowledge this was the first event of this size designed to promote dialogue between financial regulators and the mobile industry.
Tuesday 23 June, 2009 | Blog | Global | Mobile Money | Operational best practices
Jenny Hoffman, RiskFrontier Consultants, attended the June MMU Working Group in Barcelona. She has summarized below some key themes from the sessions. Her report is a good reflection of the tone and organization of the Mobile Money for the Unbanked Working Group