Airtel Africa Launches Mobile Banking In Nigeria
TECHDIGEST – Airtel Africa has joined the mobile banking fray as it announced the start of business for its Nigerian payment service bank unit SmartCash PSB.
Airtel Africa revealed in a stock market statement that subsidiary SmartCash Payment Service Bank has started providing services through selected retail outlets with plans to expand across Nigeria in the coming months.
Payment Service Banks (PSBs) are licensed by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to among other mobile banking services, accept deposits and allow their customers to also operate savings accounts. PSBs’ customers include individuals and small businesses. PSBs are also allowed to facilitate cross border remittances using all the channels available within Nigeria.
“This is the beginning of our journey to revolutionise the financial services landscape in the country. The millions of Nigerians who do not currently have access to financial services by delivering current and savings accounts, payment and remittance services, debit and prepayment cards and more sophisticated services,” said Airtel Africa CEO Segun Ogunsanya.