Cellulant partners with Barclays to enhance digital banking in Africa

Cellulant signs deal with Barclays Africa

In a new deal Cellulant, a Kenyan mobile commerce services provider, is collaborating with Barclays Africa as part of its ‘One Africa’ strategy to enhance the bank’s customer digital experience across 12 African countries. The project, to be rolled out in phases, aims to make mobile and internet banking as well as ATMs more user friendly through the implementation of a new aggregator platform. The new model will incorporate a merchant/bill payment platform and a Mobile Network Operator (MNO) aggregator intended to facilitate mobile commerce solutions and provide a multi-channel approach on services such as mobile banking and merchant payments. The deal is also projected to provide real time connectivity to third parties and enable applications such as Hello Money, Internet Banking, Mobile Wallets and airtime top-up on Barclays Africa e-channels. The technology will be implemented in Ghana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Egypt, Mauritius, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, Seychelles, Botswana and Kenya.

Paul Ndichu, Cellulant’s Chief Business Officer, claims that the new model “is a first for the banking industry in Africa and is the Pan-African infrastructural model for Cellulant’s mobile commerce network.”

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