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Multi-channel Payments Platform Interswitch Unveils ‘Quickteller Transport’ to Enrich Commuters Travel Experience

Interswitch has added ‘Quickteller Transport’ to its arrays of innovative services to enrich travelers’ booking experiences.

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African integrated payments and digital commerce platform company Interswitch has added ‘Quickteller Transport’ to its arrays of innovative services to enrich travelers’ booking experiences.

This new feature will enable users to easily search and book inter-state trips from multiple travel operators across Nigeria.

Users will also be able to filter their search to specific or preferred operators, compare fares based on criteria such as vehicle type, departure point, and time, as well as access specialized functions provided by transport operators, including seat selection and preferred pick-up location option, all at their convenience.

Speaking at the launch, the MD of Interswitch Industry Ecosystems Division, Chinyere Don-Okhuofu disclosed that the ‘Quickteller Transport’ feature is another innovative step taken by the company in its commitment to continuously provide its customers with convenient access to lifestyle and payment services.

In her words, “Transportation is a necessary aspect of human life, enabling both social and economic interactions. In keeping with our culture of driving innovation and positively impacting consumer lifestyle in the society, we developed our Quickteller Transport service to provide added travel booking and payment convenience to our over 5 million customers.

“Built as a multimodal offering, we will be rolling it out to include other travel and transportation modes such as trains and ferries, working with operators across Nigeria.

“We are ecstatic to be launching this service. And as we launch our suite of new complementary services, Quickteller customers can be assured of our commitment to providing an excellent experience using Quickteller to access all their lifestyle and payment needs.”

Quickteller Transport is already embedded as a service on the Quickteller Web and Mobile app and is available for use by both new and existing Quickteller customers.

What Interswitch intends to achieve with the newly launched feature is to leverage technology in enabling the process of booking for transport and making payment seamless. The platform is robust and inclusive such that it caters to the needs of both the government and private companies.

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M-Pesa Launches M-Pesa Rallonge

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Vodacash is launching its new service M-Pesa Rallonge in the DRC to allow customers to financial assistance from their cell phones.

M-Pesa Rallonge is a new service dedicated to M-Pesa users with zero or insufficient balances. Users will be able to take advantage of this service to get an instant overdraft and top up their balance to make a transaction, such as:

  • Send money without withdrawal fees;
  • Purchase Credit for oneself;
  • Purchase Packages for oneself;
  • Purchasing Products;
  • Resubscription to cable channels such as Canal+, Startimes, Easy TV, and Bleusat, except DStv, which only supports payment in dollars.

According to Hashim Mukudi, Managing Director of Vodacash, “M-Pesa continues to provide the DRC with the solutions that can benefit the population and promote digital and financial inclusion. Together we can drive economic development and provide services to those in dire need of access to financial services in rural and remote areas.”

Customers with an active premium account who make regular transactions via M-Pesa will be eligible for the offer. The overdraft is currently only available in Congolese francs, and its limit ranges from 50 to 100 thousand FC, subject to interest charges and penalties for violating the terms and conditions.

M-Pesa is the market leader in the Central and East African regions and the DRC. With a wide range of value-added products and services tailored to the purchasing power of the Congolese population, M-Pesa is the largest mobile money brand with a substantial 61% market share, a 10% contribution to GDP, and over 6 million customers.

M-Pesa also has the largest distribution coverage to ensure service availability to beneficiaries and a rich ecosystem of products to encourage customers to make more digital transactions.

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Flutterwave Introduced Send Mobile Application to Facilitate Fast Transaction of Money to Africa

Flutterwave has introduced a new application to facilitate fast and efficient transactions of money to Africa from the diaspora.

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Leading African fintech platform, Flutterwave has introduced a new application to facilitate fast and efficient transactions of money to Africa from the diaspora.

The app which is now available on Google Play Store already has more than 10,000 downloads. 

A check by Investors King shows that $end as the app is named pride itself as a low-fee money transfer platform with multiple ways to transfer funds. 

To drive the adoption of $end, Fluttwrwave signed Tobi Amusan, the Nigeria-born 100m Hurdles Women’s World Record Holder as $endmobile’s Ambassador. 

The company noted that Tobi Amusan signifies what $end Money stands for which is speed and resilience.

While commenting on the deal, Tobi Amusan disclosed that he has been using the $end app to transact across borders. 

“I am excited to be a big part of a product I already use and love. I am always on the road, but I also have a lot of my family members in Nigeria. $end has helped me to keep in touch with them by meeting their needs as much as I can. Happy to be the face of this product for the African diaspora.” she said. 

On his part, the founder and CEO of Flutterwave, Olugbenga Agboola noted that signing Tobi Amusa as an Ambassador is a perfect match for $end “given her speed and efficiency on the tracks”. 

He added that “Send Mobile will help improve the speed and efficiency of transferring money from the diaspora to the African continent for fees, real estate, health, upkeep, and even for investments”. 

Meanwhile, $end can be downloaded on both Google Play Store and Apple Store. The process for signing up only takes a few minutes with just an email address and phone number.

In addition, there are more than 30 countries including Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, the United States, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Finland, and Australia which users can send money to. 

Conclusively, recipients can receive money through various methods which include mobile money, bank account, barter, and e-Naira

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Kuda Bank Enters British Market, Introduces Nigeria-Uk Remittance Play

The service will enable Nigerians living in the UK to send money to Nigeria without paying a huge transaction fee. 

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Nigerian fintech company, Kuda Bank has perfected plans to expand into the United Kingdom market with a remittance service for Nigerians in the diaspora.

The service will enable Nigerians living in the UK to send money to Nigeria without paying a huge transaction fee. 

According to the bank, it will compete in the remittance market with a flat fee of £3 and a transaction limit of £10,000.

Kuda however expects a significant portion of the remittance transaction on its platform to be between the range of £350 to £500. 

Investors King understands that while remittance from Europe and America to Africa runs into billions of dollars every year, it is still largely difficult with high expensive transaction fees. 

Diaspora Remittance to Nigeria is one of the largest in the world and the largest in Sub Sahara Africa. In July 2022, the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) stated that remittance from Nigerians in Diaspora has surpassed $20 billion. 

The commission added that remittance has constituted a significant part of the country’s economy. The remittance market accounts for nearly 4 percent of Nigeria’s GDP as of 2020. 

Going forward, Kuda bank stands to benefit from the huge remittance market as remittance from the UK to Nigeria is the second largest after remittance from the US to Nigeria. 

Nonetheless, the bank will be competing with other notable players in the industry which include WorldRemit, Remitly, PayDay, and Lemonade Finance

The bank however seems not perturbed as it banks on its users’ experience, convenience, and price factor. 

“I don’t necessarily think it’s crowded because obviously, there are still a lot of challenges in remitting money to Africa, especially to Nigeria, which is still expensive.

“For us, it’s not just a remittance play. There’s a user experience, convenience, and price factor involved too,” said Chief Executive Officer Ogundeyi. 

Meanwhile, Investors King understands that Kuda Bank has a registered presence in the UK already with the name Kuda EMI Limited. This will make it swift for the company to facilitate its UK-Nigeria remittance service. 

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