Nigeria's SureBet247 rubbishes claims of possible security breach

SureBet247
stands firm

Betting site responds to security breach claims.

Tuesday, Jan 21st

Safaricom to increase Lipa na M-Pesa usage by 30%

Safaricom to increase Lipa na M-Pesa usage by 30.

Kenya's dominant operator Safaricom has announced plans to increase usage of the Lipa na M-Pesa service by 30% this financial year, as the company drives the growth of the cashless transaction space.

The Lipa Na M-Pesa service was launched in 2013 to enable M-Pesa customers to pay for their bills at various commercial outlets via mobile money.

The service accounts for KES13 billion (US$122,978,180) in annual transaction value; with more than 49,000 active tills, and nearly 1 million customers using Lipa Na M-Pesa every day.

The company has now announced plans to grow this usage by a further 30%; through targeted incentive-based campaigns, and recruiting new merchants - among them supermarkets and petrol stations - with a view to entrenching Lipa Na M-Pesa as the primary mode for making payments across the country.

In April this year, Safaricom also completed a network upgrade included moving the M-Pesa servers from Europe to Kenya, in a bid to scale up the network's capacity.

"Statistics released last week by the Central Bank of Kenya showed that between January and June this year, transactions valued at an average of KES7.29 billion (US$68,962,379) were done through mobile phones daily- which is a 17.77 percent increase compared to last year's daily average of KES6.19 billion (US$58,556,533)," said Rita Okuthe, General Manager of Safaricom Business.

"These impressive statistics coupled by the new and more robust M-PESA technology platform launched in April, and other recent developments that have enabled the seamless transfer of funds from bank accounts to mobile are among the advances that will grow the cashless transaction space in Kenya."

The expansion drive has kicked off with the onboarding of supermarket chain Naivas, with customers to stand the chance to win prizes weekly when paying in store with Lipa na M-Pesa.

ALSO ON ITWEB AFRICA

Africa's chance to shine at UK-Africa Summit 2020 Published on 13 January 2020

Twenty-one heads of state from the continent are expected at the investment-focused event on 20 January 2020.

Zimbabwe launches first computer plant Published on 20 January 2020

Project is a joint venture between TelOne and Chinese firm Inspur.

Fraud could cost Africa its blockchain opportunity Published on 07 January 2020

Chairman of the Blockchain Association of Uganda outlines efforts by the continent to tackle fraud and unscrupulous schemes.

ContinuitySA Mozambique offers Business Continuity Management training Published on 20 January 2020

ContinuitySA Mozambique will offer a three-day training course for individuals tasked with business continuity responsibilities.