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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

International Mobile Banking Updates - Nov 6

International Business Machines Corp. : Leading Pakistan Mobile Banking Provider Uses IBM Cloud to Expand Delivery of Secure Financial Services on Mobile Phones
"IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that Monet, one of Pakistan's leading mobile-commerce providers, has selected a customized IBM cloud-based solution that will enable the company to enhance service efficiency and expand its presence across the country. Launched in 2012, Monet provides banks, mobile network operators and branchless banking agents in Pakistan with a technology platform that offers end-users a simple interface through which they can access a wide range of financial services on their mobile phones."

Surviscor Names CIBC as the Top Firm for Mobile Banking Services in Canada
"Canadians are relying more and more on mobile devices to access banking services, and CIBC is leading the charge according to Surviscor Inc. Among the big six banks in Canada, CIBC ranked #1 in Surviscor's inaugural Mobile Banking scorCard(TM), a comprehensive and objective assessment of features and functionality in the fastest growing delivery channel for e-banking. CIBC was closely followed by Scotiabank in second place, with National Bank rounding out the top three."

Fiserv helps Cambodian bank offer mobile banking, payments to unbanked
"Financial services tech provider Fiserv Inc. is helping Cambodia's ACLEDA Bank Plc. to extend its mobile banking and payments service to the unbanked using Fiserv's Mobiliti Reach tool. Fiserv said ACLEDA has offered Fiserv-supported mobile financial services to since 2010 but will now offer those services to consumers with no existing banking relationship of any kind."

Canadians are Slowly but Surely Becoming Comfortable with Mobile Banking, Study Suggests
"Smartphone ownership and mobile banking usage continue to rise in Canada, according to a new poll conducted by Harris/Decima for CIBC, who is Rogers' partner for Suretap, a mobile payments service. At least 44% of Canadians now own a smarthone, the study suggests, up significantly from 33% in 2011. Among those aged 18 to 24, 77% own one."

Call to regulate mobile phone banking
"THE government should come up with legislation to regulate mobile banking activities in the country to prevent service providers from abusing the system, a senior banking official has said. Since the adoption of multiple foreign currencies in 2009, Zimbabwe has witnessed a proliferation of mobile banking systems modelled on the one used in Kenya called M-PESA."

Standard Bank skips along beaten digital path
"Standard Bank says its mobile banking application has achieved 160,000 downloads since its launch four months ago. This activity, the bank says, translates into R1.3 billion transactions through this channel since it launched on 27 June 2012. It also announced that its banking app, which is available on iOS, Android, and BlackBerry, would also be the first SA banking app in the Windows 8 app store."

Survey reveals only 1 in 4 expats using mobile banking services abroad
"A recent survey conducted by ExpatForum.com in conjunction with Barclays International showed that most expats “never use” mobile banking tools, despite holding several bank accounts in different countries. The study polled 10,000 expats to find out how they manage their finances while working abroad. Of the respondents, 73% said they “never” accessed their bank accounts from a smartphone or tablet device, 17% reported that they “occasionally” used mobile banking platforms, and “10%” “frequently” checked bank accounts while on the go."

Metaforic to Demonstrate Mobile Software Security at FinovateAsia
"Metaforic, the innovative software security company, today announced that it will demonstrate its latest technology at FinovateAsia on November 6. The demonstration will showcase Metaforic’s ability to detect and respond to a range of security threats against mobile financial applications. Mobile app security is becoming increasingly critical as mobile services and transactions increase. In the latest incident, NatWest Bank had to pull its mobile banking app after fraudsters managed to steal thousands of pounds from customers."

Bank of Africa selects Clear2Pay's mobile internet banking platform
"Bank of Africa, a subsidiary of BMCE Bank, has added Clear2Pay's Mobile Internet Banking (MIB) technology to help its customers with mobile financial services in 13 launching countries. The bank witnessed a rapid growth in business covering 14 geographies in the African continent, where it manages 1.4 million bank accounts, an increase of 24% since 2011. The new system, which is capable to integrate with the bank's existing e-Banking application, will also help to trim operational costs, while boosting customer satisfaction."

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