A Further USD$2 Million Awarded to Six New Grant Recipients of the Mobile Money for the Unbanked Programme
Wednesday 18 November, 2009 | Blog | Global | Mobile Money | Operational best practices
The Mobile Money for the Unbanked Programme has awarded grants to AKTEL in Bangladesh, Dialog Telekom PLC in Sri Lanka, Grameenphone Ltd in Bangladesh, MTN Cameroon, MTN Uganda and Vodacom Tanzania. This is in addition to the grants that were already announced
Sunday 15 November, 2009 | Blog | Global | Mobile Money | Operational best practices
How can operators influence the perception of the size of their network? Well for one thing, they can share their customer adoption numbers, assuming they are good. Safaricom made regular announcements in the two years after M-PESA’s launch, and these updates were widely ...
Thursday 12 November, 2009 | Blog | Global | Mobile Money | Operational best practices
My last couple of posts might have been a bit discouraging, particularly if you’re trying to roll out mobile money. The idea of deferring profitability for years, in the hope that you’ll sign up enough users to become a sufficiently valuable network to justify price ...
Tuesday 10 November, 2009 | Blog | Global | Mobile Money | Operational best practices
It’s often said that mobile money is a brand new business model. Neither traditional value-added services offered by mobile network operators nor financial services offered by bricks-and mortar-banks are very helpful as models when trying to think through the economics of ...
Wednesday 4 November, 2009 | Blog | East Asia and Pacific | Mobile Money | Operational best practices | Philippines | Policy and regulation
The following case study offers a comprehensive view into the regulation, service, and ecosystem design that has led to the current state of play for mobile money in the Philippines.
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.