Mobile Money: The Battle for Africa

As enthusiasm for mobile-phone-based payments grows in Africa, operators are rushing to get a piece of potentially lucrative and ever-expanding markets and to challenge more popular and established mobile-payment services, such as Kenya’s M-Pesa.

Last month Western Union announced an expanded collaboration with MTN, a mobile phone service provider focused on Africa, the Middle East and West Asia, to offer a new mobile money transfer service in the Ivory Coast. This new service will let people using MTN’s Mobile Money service receive a money transfer transaction via Western Union directly on their mobile phones, the firms said in a joint press release. The companies have a similar collaboration that is already operating in Uganda.

Read more: Mobile Money: The Battle for Africa – Frontier Markets News – Emerging & Growth Markets – WSJ.