MNO’s speed to achieve their goal to standardise, automate, digitise, remove boundaries by brining cross order financial/remittances service in form of payments, cash, airtime, paperless and online. At the same time banks are still in their canteens with their coffee mugs without any sign of worry but in reality all African banks face tough challenges from MNO’s & Fintech players.
Almost all players who entered into payments in arena of FinTech domain are actually coming out of this game park with zero or no knowledge. This is giving too much innovation to put idea on table but takes longer to make it reality. Technical companies entering financial domain and making it interesting by doing technical integration, or “fintegration”, of fintech services, the latter interfacing directly to bank customers for
Mobile Money, Mobile Payments, Mobile Banking and Mobile Commerce can be termed Mobile Financial Services. The magic word known as “Pay” has gone viral in today’s time and every day we have 1 or 2 new startup’s entering the payment industry, specifically into the Mobile Payment domain. Mobile phones can be used to deliver a range of banking services. Not from Banks, I am separating banking and banks. Banking services dont need banks any more. Transaction data can be used to develop customers’ credit histories to offer other top-up services.
Technology is a friend/ helper not as tester or rocket science; MFS product use and accessibility needs to be simple for people to make them comfortable and pull out maximum benefits especially for unbanked who have not seen the real MFS. Study from google shows that globally, mobile money users transacted a total of USD 7.5 billion through 479.5 million transactions in the month of December 2014. If cash-ins and cash-outs are included, mobile money users performed 717.2 million transactions, total of USD 16.3 billion.