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"Going Mobile. Local executive carves niche as national expert on fast-growing banking-industry technology trend" - Scott Olson, Indianapolis Business Journal (IBJ)

"Brandon McGee, the industry's unofficial ambassador for mobile banking" 

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

International Mobile Banking Updates - Oct 31

Ethiopia to Introduce Mobile Banking
"Ethiopia is one of the few remaining African countries to introduce mobile banking. With the booming economy and a population of 80 million this country could be the next gold mine for mobile banking companies. Mobile banking has proved to be a lucrative venture in the developing world, where large parts of the population belong to the so-called "unbanked." In Africa, only Ethiopia and Zimbabwe do not provide mobile money services. That will change soon for Ethiopia."

Why you can bank on mobile banking
"Several banking activities today can be carried out at the tap of the keys on your mobile phone. But for the uninitiated, the multiple ways of using the mobile phone for banking purposes can be difficult to decipher. Is SMS banking synonymous with receiving alerts for transactions? What is the advantage of using a mobile banking application on your phone over other mobile-based banking services? Is an IMPS transfer different from an NEFT transfer? Here’s a low down on the services , their suitability and the costs involved."

Smart, PlaNet Finance bring mobile banking services to Leyte 
"The mobile banking pilot project of Smart Communications Inc. in the province of Leyte has affirmed the Filipinos’ readiness for mobile phone-driven financial services. Dubbed as the Banking the Unbanked (BTU) project, this is the country’s first cohesive attempt to provide branchless, cashless banking services to the countryside, using one of the most ubiquitous tools of today – the mobile phone."

ICICI Bank offers mobile phone recharge via SMS
"After launching its mobile banking app, ICICI Bank has now announced another new service for its m-banking customers which enables them to recharge their mobile phones via SMS. As the internet is not required here, it makes the service relevant for feature phones as well. To avail this service, just send the text message MTOPUP to 9222208888 and you can get recharge of up to Rs 1,500."

EcoCash Mobile Money: Interview with Econet Services CEO
"Last week, after a tour of EcoCash Business (well, EcoCash Commuter mostly), we got the opportunity to interview the Econet Services CEO, Darlington Mandivenga and Econet Wireless Mobile Money Executive, Francis Matseketsa. Econet Services, as we wrote last week, is now managing such strategic services as EcoCash for the entire Econet Wireless group. In the interview, we talked about the uptake of EcoCash services by merchants, Bulk EcoCash transactions, bill payments, the mobile banking services part of the MMT services, the role of traditional banks, the regulation of mobile money services, and also touched on the relationship and role of TN Bank. We post below an edited transcription of the interview."

Tanzania: Amana Introduces Mobile Banking
"Amana Bank, has introduced mobile banking services that would enable customers to carry out banking transactions through mobile phones. 'The service offers convenience of accessing banking services anytime, anywhere. It will enable customers to perform transactions at their fingertips,' says Amana Bank's Head of Business, Mr Sudi Marungu."

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