• Introduces Africa’s First Mobile Money-linked companion Card
  • Launched in Collaboration with MasterCard and Econet Wireless’ EcoCash
  • Largest rollout of secure EMV Chip and PIN payment cards in Zimbabwe

AfricaCom 2014 – Cape Town, SA – November 11, 2014: Mahindra Comviva, the global leader in providing mobility solutions, announced the debut of connectMoney Service Manager through a landmark deal with Econet Wireless, Zimbabwe. As a part of the first live deployment of connectMoney Service Manager, Econet Wireless has issued MasterCard debit cards which are linked to the EcoCash Wallet. This is the largest rollout of secure EMV Chip and PIN payment cards in Zimbabwe. It is also the first time that MasterCard debit cards are available to consumers using mobile money services in Africa.

connectMoney Service Manager creates an industry benchmark for mobile money by connecting financial open systems powered by MasterCard and other card networks. EcoCash account holders will receive MasterCard debit cards allowing users to transact at POS terminals and also to withdraw cash via ATM machines accepting MasterCard, locally and internationally. connectMoney Service Manager also offers virtual cards on request. The virtual card number is delivered through an SMS, which is accepted for payments across all e-commerce websites. The virtual card is directly connected to the mobile money account of the subscriber.

Underlining the significance of the launch, Mr. Srinivas Nidugondi, Senior VP and Head Mobile Financial Solutions, Mahindra Comviva said: “Electronic payments acceptance is crucial to the Zimbabwean economy. It is imperative to provide convenient and integrated solutions to the consumers. connectMoney Service Manager will provide seamless interoperability with heterogeneous systems and services.”

Mr Japhet Aritho, Chief Operating Officer, EcoCash said: “We are delighted to further strengthen our partnership with Mahindra Comviva and MasterCard to offer this unique offering, which provides additional choice to consumers across Zimbabwe. Consumers can now enjoy on the go transactions locally as well as internationally at a nominal price. This will further accelerate adoption of electronic payments in the country thus promoting the national agenda of a cashless society, as well as provide our customers with convenience for global transactions.”

connectMoney Service Manager is a ‘platform agnostic’ offering, benefitting multiple customer groups. Consumers can now access a large network of physical and online merchants and pay via their mobile money accounts. With this offering, merchants will have the convenience of accepting payments from mobile money accounts and increase transactions while the service provider will witness an uptake in payments and enhanced revenues. connectMoney Service Manager is the latest offering from Mahindra Comviva, whose multi award-winning mobiquity® Money platform empowers over 50 service providers in more than 40 countries across the globe to build deeper consumer relationships by delivering innovative, consumer-centric financial services to banked as well as unbanked consumers.

Econet Wireless is a pioneer in delivering mobile financial and payment services to the Zimbabwean society, and rolled out the country’s largest mobile money platform which now hosts 3.7 million users as at August 2014. EcoCash is also the second largest mobile money provider in Africa. EcoCash target segment is the majority of whom are unbanked. EcoCash facilitates customers with a multi-functional and secure account to receive salaries, transfer money domestically, receive international remittance, save money, borrow credit, buy airtime, pay utility bills and pay merchants. EcoCash is altering the financial landscape of Zimbabwe by promoting financial inclusion and impacting more than 57% of country’s adult population. More than 3.7million Zimbabweans use EcoCash and transactions valued at more than $5 billion are processed by the system annually. The service has become a dominant payment medium in Zimbabwe, processing transaction values equivalent to 43% of country’s GDP. By introducing convenient electronic payments instruments such as the EcoCash MasterCard debit card, EcoCash is reducing the economy’s dependence on cash.

About Mahindra Comviva
Mahindra Comviva is the global leader in providing mobility solutions. It is a subsidiary of Tech Mahindra and a part of the USD 16.5 billion Mahindra Group. With an extensive portfolio spanning mobile finance, content, infotainment, messaging and mobile data solutions, Mahindra Comviva enables service providers to enhance customer experience, rationalize costs and accelerate revenue growth. Its mobility solutions are deployed by over 130 mobile service providers and financial institutions in over 90 countries, transforming the lives of over a billion people across the world. For more information, please visit http://www.mahindracomviva.com/olddata

About Econet Wireless
Econet Wireless Zimbabwe is a subsidiary of the Econet Wireless Group, headquartered in South Africa. It is Zimbabwe’s largest provider of telecommunications services, providing solutions in mobile and fixed wireless telephony, internet access, mobile money transfer and payment solutions. Econet launched its network on the 10th of July 1998 and listed on 17th September 1998. It is one of the largest companies on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange in terms of market capitalisation. Econet holds over 65% share of the Zimbabwe mobile market, with over 9-million customers. Find Econet Wireless Zimbabwe at www.econet.co.zw. For more info on Econet Wireless Group, visit www.econetwireless.com

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