Cellulant , a Kenyan mobile commerce services provider, has signed a deal to provide digital services to Barclays Africa. The company already powers mobile banking for more than 32 banks in Africa and is reported to have an approximated growing transactions worth around Kshs 10 billion (US $120 Million).
Cellulant will be providing the services to Barclays Africa as part of its ‘One Africa’ strategy”. Through the strategy, Barclays Africa looks to make its customer digital experience – mobile and internet banking as well as ATMs -more convenient for customers across its 12 African countries. Cellulant will help Barclays Africa deploy a new aggregation platform to achieve this end.
Cellulant will also be looking to increase Barclays Africa customer’s activity on its E-channels allowing them to transact with a wide network of merchants across the Barclays Africa and Absa network. The model will be rolled out in phases and will see Cellulant provide a merchant/bill payment platform as well as a Mobile Network Operator (MNO) aggregator to facilitate mobile commerce solutions’ for Barclays Africa.
The new aggregator platform will be deployed in Ghana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Egypt, Mauritius, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, Seychelles, Botswana and Kenya. It will allow Barclays Africa users across the Africa to access mobile banking, merchant payments and other banking services on a multi-channelled system.
Barclays Africa believes that making use of Cellulant as an aggregator will also save it time and money by providing real time connectivity to critical third parties and enable applications such as Hello Money, Internet Banking, Mobile Wallet (e.g. MPESA) and airtime top-up on all Barclays Africa e-channels.
Cellulant has deployed mobile commerce services in 10 countries: – Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania, Mauritius, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia, Botswana, Malawi and now Zimbabwe and Mozambique.