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.