Mondia Digital, a consolidation of the Mondia Group‘s digital content distribution business, an end-to-end, product-centric and data-driven company with a focus on opportunities in the B2B segment, and its digital payments company, Mondia Pay, are proud to have contributed their expertise and innovative payment, content and B2B platforms to Vodacom’s VodaPay “Super App”, which launched in South Africa in August 2021.
The VodaPay Super App, designed in collaboration with Alibaba Group-owned fintech services platform Alipay, allows consumers to do everything from paying bills to sending money, playing games and ordering takeaways. The VodaPay Super App offers consumers a single point of entry and payment platform, with no additional download required.
Mondia Digital has integrated all of its technology, content and services into the easy-to-use VodaPay Super App environment. It is also responsible for connecting third-party content providers into this ecosystem.
Mondia Digital will make a selection of its custom content platforms available through the Super App, including: Mum and Baby – a free-of-charge mobile health intervention that provides maternal, neonatal and child health information designed to encourage good health practices; Vodacom’s vLive app – a lifestyle and entertainment mini-ecosystem within the Super App that uses gamified elements to manage subscriptions to Mondia’s 123 Kaboodle kids content service; Playinc., a comprehensive gaming portal; and My Muze, a 360º music portal.
Mondia Digital has also co-created many of Vodacom’s key branded services on the Super App platform.
In addition to content integration, Mondia Pay has rolled out the provision of its seamless, contactless Direct Carrier Billing (DCB) payment service to the VodaPay Super App. DCB allows customers to make payments conveniently and securely by charging them to their mobile phone bill. Mondia Pay’s DCB service is used by tens of millions of customers across the Middle East and Africa, and provides a highly scalable payment gateway that both customers and merchants can trust.
DCB is seamless, with no need to sign up for any additional accounts or fill out any forms. Payments are completed in a matter of seconds and provide the best checkout experience on mobile devices, where filling out forms is time consuming and cumbersome. Making payments with DCB is secure. No personal data is transmitted during the payment process so there is no need to worry about identity theft.
Paolo Rizzardini, CEO of Mondia Digital, said, “We are committed to the continuing digitalisation of Africa, and the VodaPay Super App B2B ecosystem is an exciting opportunity in this regard. The future of digital content consumption is going to be driven by innovative partnerships that offer compelling and convenient consumer solutions. Our growth across Africa has been driven by our ability to create consumer-centric products with outstanding digital content, and secure long-term, fruitful partnerships with some of the most innovative and dynamic companies on the continent. Our enduring relationship with Vodacom continues to deliver value for consumers and a growing ecosystem of third-party businesses alike.”
Simon Rahmann, CEO of Mondia Pay, said, “The VodaPay Super App is an exciting environment in which to implement our DCB platform. All-in-one environments offering seamless access and seamless payment are the future of customer and business ecosystems. By offering consumers a simple, fast and secure way to pay for services using their mobile phone, we not only encourage financial inclusion, but we make it easier for local and global developers to offer their services to millions more people.”
Vodacom Group CEO Shameel Joosub said, “Our partnership with Mondia Digital and Mondia Pay strengthens our access to world-class technology and expertise, and leverages their experience across the MEA regions in developing strong, valuable partnerships and delivering seamless payment and content platforms. We want to drive financial inclusion, enhance the business-to-business ecosystem and transform the fintech environment in South Africa, by offering the capabilities of the VodaPay mini programs to as many businesses, of all sizes, across multiple industries as possible.”
While the Super App will be accessible to customers on any mobile network, it will be zero-rated for Vodacom users. The VodaPay Super App is set to be rolled out in other international Vodacom markets.
Developers and businesses are invited to join the VodaPay ecosystem by building their own “mini programs” – third-party, downloadable sub-applications run within the super app.
Some 70 businesses have already signed up or have committed to building their own mini programs in the app, including Big Blue, FlightSite, Dollar, Thrifty, West Pack, Petzone, NetFlorist, Kitkat Cash & Carry, Droppa, Planet54, Jacaranda FM, KFC, and Booking.com.
Mini programs can accept both physical and online payments from customers with the in-app VodaPay digital wallet. Customers can choose to pay upfront, with rewards, or with payment terms such as buy-now-pay-later and nano-credit offerings.
NQR Payment Solution Excites Nigerians: Everyone Can Now Pay Sharp Sharp
Since the NQR payment solution was introduced to the Nigerian market in March of this year, it has reached millions of Nigerians across major markets in different states. Lagos, Ibadan, Abuja, Kano, Uyo, and Portharcourt are just a few of the states that have witnessed the fast seamless, and reliable NQR payment solution.
Business owners and customers across Nigeria have embraced NQR en masse as a result of the market penetration drive, citing the convenience, speed, and reliability of the payment option.
The NQR Payment Solution is a secure QR-code-based payments and collections platform that allows customers and business owners to accept and make payments for goods and services. The payment system will bring together all of the country’s closed QR code schemes for a more consistent user experience and faster digital adoption.
The campaign was led by several popular celebrities who thrilled the market crowds and showcased how the NQR works. Mercy Johnson, Mercy Aigbe, Odunlade Adekola, Real Warri Pikin, Saddiq Sani Saddiq, Bisola Aiyeola, and Nedu were a few of the ambassadors for NQR. They encouraged business owners to sign up for NQR, and encouraged customers to make payments with NQR.
The NQR payment solution team recently toured Southern Nigeria, with comedians Edo Pikin and Real Warri Pikin leading the train to sensitize the people about how the NQR merchant app works and how customers can #PaySharpSharp with live demonstrations.
NQR agents also went through the markets educating both business owners and customers about NQR’s benefits. Representatives from several commercial banks were also on ground to address business owners’ concerns. Everyone learned about the NQR payment system and had the opportunity to test it out as well as express their satisfaction with it.
NQR is now available in a store near you.
Paga Partners With LISNR on Contactless Payment Solution Across Africa
Paga Group, a leading Nigerian payment platform has partnered with LISNR, the global leader in proximity verification to enable contactless ultrasonic authentication for contactless payment across Africa through Doroki a recent debut merchant solution Application.
Doroki, the sister company to Paga is helping businesses digitize their operations and provide solutions targeted at SMEs in Nigeria. The strategic partnership between Paga and LISNR is the first major partnership of LISNR in Africa’s fintech space.
According to Paga, LISNR’s ultrasonic proximity verification solution activated on the company’s ecosystem will enhance the ease of doing business between consumers and merchants.
“We are excited to incorporate LISNR into the Paga and Doroki Apps. We are leveraging their technology for both person to business and person-to-person payments. This is exciting because people can now pay at a till without being very close to the cashier. It also enables us to offer more interesting non-payment use cases for merchants and consumers. Our partnership with LISNR will give us a strong advantage in attaining our goal of 120,000 merchants in the next two years by offering yet another easy, contactless, and seamless way to make payments and drive loyalty with their customers” – Tayo Oviosu, Founder & CEO, Paga Group.
The African fintech space continues to grow at a rapid rate seeing billions of dollars being invested in one of the world’s fastest-growing economies. Paga as a leader in the fintech space is holding its fort in the industry by forging partnerships with VISA, LISNR, Untapped Global and other leaders in the fintech industry.
Paga plans to scale from 33,000 merchants to 120,000 merchants within the next 2 years, hence it’s important to onboard partners to deliver solutions aligned with the company’s objectives to achieve desired growth.
“Paga is the household name for Fintechs in all of Nigeria and is one of the market leaders in all of Africa. We believe our contactless & secure proximity solution will enable a seamless authentication process across its growing user & merchant database. With our easy to implement solutions and our proven savings for merchants, we’re well-positioned to help Paga in their goal of scaling to 120,000 merchants in two years.” – Eric Allen, CEO, LISNR.
Kuda Partners Visa, Launches Free Virtual and Physical Cards
Kuda bank tagged “bank of the free” has partnered with Visa, a leading global digital payment company to offer digital and physical visa cards to its customer for free.
The challenger bank of African, in a recent statement, said that the bank’s offering of zero fees on card and account maintenance was to attract millennial customers and also deliver a convenient transaction platform.
According to the bank, switching from a third-party card provider to a direct issuer of the physical and virtual card shows a significant growth in bank operations.
Kuda Technologies CEO, Babs Ogundeyi said, “Visa inspires confidence, and partnering with them to help us offer reliable card services independently has been one of our top priorities since Kuda launched in 2019. We’re proud that we’ve finally made this happen and we look forward to promoting cashless payments across Africa together.”
“The rapid pace of technology innovation has driven a powerful shift in business and consumer expectations in financial services,” said Andrew Uaboi, Country Manager, Visa Nigeria.
“Whether it is changing the way people invest, manage money, receive loans, or send real-time payments to friends and family, Visa is a natural partner for fintech including Kuda, providing them with new ways to reach their customers through Visa’s vast network and global scale. We look forward to expanding the partnership to other countries in Africa as Kuda continues to scale across the continent,” Uaboi said.
Kuda bank encourages its customers to request a free physical or virtual card. However, account holders must have a minimum balance of N1000 in their account before requesting the card.
Also, customers are to note that only the first request for a kuda card will be free of charge, subsequent requests either due to expiration, loss or damages will be charged a fee.
Kuda Mastercard holders can also request for Kuda Visa card, although the Mastercard will be deactivated immediately after the visa card is activated. This implies that Kuda bank customers can only have access to one physical card at a time, but can also request only one Kuda virtual card for online payment.
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