Mobile money users reach 61 million

The number of active mobile money users has grown to 61 million in June 2013 from 37 million a year earlier, according to trade body the GSMA.

Vodafone launches MoneyGram to M-Pesa money transfer service

Operator group Vodafone has joined forces with global money transfer and payment services firm MoneyGram to enable customers in over 200 countries to send money to M-Pesa users. The two will initially launch in a few key markets in 2Q14 and plan to roll out the service to further markets during the remainder of the year.

AT&T launches payment services for businesses

US operator AT&T has launched two solutions to allow businesses to process payments using a mobile device. The operator teamed up with payment processing services provider Vantiv to develop the solutions, which it says offer a highly secure and swift method to process transactions.

O2 discards unattractive wallet

UK operator O2 has revealed that its O2 Wallet service, which closed last week, was a casualty of the pace of development in the fast moving mobile payments space.

Warid Telecom intros mobile money service in Pakistan

Pakistani operator Warid Telecom has teamed up with Bank Alfalah to launch a mobile money service. The service, Mobile Paisa, will initially enable users to make utility bill payments and secure money transfers across Pakistan. The operator said that it plans introduce further services in the near future.

MasterCard takes controlling stake in mobile remittance service

Payment provider MasterCard has teamed up with mobile payment solutions providers eServGlobal and BICS to extend the capabilities of their international mobile remittance platform HomeSend. The three firms have set up a joint venture which uses the HomeSend platform, in which MasterCard will have a controlling share.

Turkcell inks mobile wallet deal with Garanti Bank

Turkish mobile operator Turkcell and the country’s Garanti Bank and have partnered with Visa Europe in a deal aimed at bringing the Turkcell mobile wallet to more consumers in Turkey.

Vodafone to launch NFC payment service in Europe

Operator group Vodafone has announced an NFC mobile payment service in Spain. The group plans to launch the service at the end of November, with launches in Germany, the Netherlands and the UK to follow.

Telenor, DNB bring NFC to Norway

Norwegian carrier Telenor has teamed up with DNB, the country’s largest bank, and identity management specialist Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) to introduce Norway’s first commercial NFC project.

Orange and Visa team up on NFC payments in France

French operator group Orange has formed a strategic partnership with payment provider Visa to accelerate awareness and everyday usage of contactless payment technology in France. The operator has also launched a mobile prepayment solution called Orange Cash in the country.

Ooredoo tops one million mobile money subscribers

Qatari operator group Ooredoo now has one million mobile money customers across its global footprint. The group, which has a presence in Qatar, Indonesia and Tunisia added that mobile money services have contributed to economic and social development in the markets it operates in.

SIA’s Andrea Galeazzi takes up chairmanship at Emmecom

Andrea Galeazzi, director of network services at Italian payments and technology infrastructure company SIA, has taken up a new role as chairman at Italian telecoms firm Emmecom. The move is part of SIA’s acquisition of the smaller firm, which took place in July and forms a key part of its European expansion plans.

Global mobile money transfer to top $10bn in 2013

The value of international money transfers made via mobile phones will exceed $10bn for the first time this year, according to Juniper Research. However, the cost and complexity of regulating cash transfer had led many service providers to focus exclusively on airtime top ups, the research firm reported.

Consumers don’t trust mobile payments study finds

Fewer than one in four of UK consumers would use their smartphone like a credit card to make payments even if they had the relevant app, according to a new survey carried out by YouGov on behalf of outsourcing firm Firstsource Solutions.

Telefonica enhances carrier billing

Spanish operator group Telefonica has signed a deal to step up its carrier billing capabilities. The operator group has teamed up with mobile money solutions provider Mopay, granting it direct access to Telefónica’s billing platform BlueVia.

Barclays adds features to Pingit

British bank Barclays has launched two features within its mobile banking app Pingit, which it launched in February last year. Using the service, retailers can offer their customers two new ways to pay via their mobile.

Carrier billing gains traction among UK operators

All of the UK’s mobile network operators have extended their carrier billing offerings by connecting to Gemalto’s direct billing platform, the mobile security solutions provider announced.

Orange uses Total network to extend money service

Orange and oil and gas group Total have forged a partnership in Africa and the Middle East, providing access to Orange Money services at all Total service stations in the regions, spanning a total of 13 countries to date.


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