Telkom, Safaricom and Airtel integrate mobile money service platforms

Kenya’s mobile network operators Telkom, Safaricom and Airtel have announced the interoperability of their mobile money service platforms, allowing Kenyans to make mobile money payments at a Lipa Na M-PESA Buy Goods Till, from one of three networks.

The service will be exclusively applicable to Lipa Na M-PESA Buy Goods and excludes PayBills.

This is the first phase towards full merchant interoperability, which aims to enable customers of the three mobile money service platforms: T-kash, M-PESA and Airtel Money to make direct mobile money payments to any merchant till number, across all networks, driving the adoption and convenience of cashless payments.

This proposal is also in line with the principles of the National Payments Strategy, 2022-2025, which was launched by the Central Bank of Kenya in February this year:

Telkom, Safaricom and Airtel are confident that this solution will provide a faster, more affordable, secure and convenient alternative to cash payments and will also eliminate the hassle of transferring money over networks, before making payments.ts.

CEO of Telkom Kenya, Mugo KIBATI
Kenya remains a global leader in mobile money adoption, with multi-billion shilling transactions reflecting changing customer demand for secure transactions. Our mobile money service, T-kash, is the culmination of extensive research into changing customer demands, such as the need for security, simplicity, availability and a diverse service offering. In addition to enriching our financial services offering, the introduction of merchant interoperability brings us closer to achieving a cashless economy, further enhancing a seamless digital transaction ecosystem that gives consumers more choice.

Safaricom CEO, Peter NDEGWA
Safaricom is delighted to partner with other industry players on this exciting innovation to enable mobile money customers nationwide to make payments via Lipa Na M-PESA. This partnership builds on the successful deployment of mobile money interoperability allowing customers to send and receive money from any network in the country.

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