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NFC technology based payment partnership begins between Verifone and Airtel

The agreement has been designed to give the two companies a new opportunity in the Ghana market.

Verifone Mobile Money has now partnered with Airtel Ghana in order to be able to provide a new mobile payments solution that is based on NFC technology that can be used through mobile devices within that country.

The near field communication based service will make it possible for consumers to “tap and pay”.

The idea behind the partnership is to be able to use this NFC technology to be able to provide consumers with a simpler and easier method of paying for the products and services that they wish to purchase. The transactions are designed to be both convenient and secure. This partnership will bring the strengths of both companies into a single transaction service that will become widely available.

The NFC technology based transactions will be available at a range of sale outlets across Ghana.

NFC Technology - PaymentsThese mobile payments will be available to be used by owners of NFC enabled devices at the many Airtel Merchants as well as other point of sale outlets throughout the country. This will provide a process for completing transactions that is very quick and easy. Once a customer reaches the checkout counter, all he or she needs to do is tap the near field communication enabled smartphone against a reader device in order to launch a payment by way of the individual’s mobile wallet.

That said, it will also be possible for people who don’t have NFC enabled smartphones to be able to pay by way of this technology by using an enabled sticker that will also give them the technology that they require.

The Verifone Mobile Money chief executive, Chris Jones spoke about the NFC technology based payments agreement between the two companies, saying that it “will deliver developed world technologies to the customers of Airtel Money. We believe that NFC technology and the roll out of contactless “tap and pay” across the African continent will help to realize the true economic benefits of cashless economies while driving mobile money adoption through an improved merchant payments experience.”

Mobile payments platform goes live in Ghana

GCB Bank has now become the latest to join with goSwiff for smartphone friendly point of sale services.

Global mobile payments innovator, goSwiff, has now partnered up with GCB Bank Ltd., bringing the total number of bank clients to fifty and giving more locations the opportunity to complete transactions at a point of sale through smartphones.

This will provide merchants and consumers with a new shopping opportunity at the checkout counter.

Equally, Simone Ranucci Brandimarte, the chief executive officer of the Singapore-based goSwiff, unveiled an entirely new business strategy for the global operations of the company. This addition of GCB Bank is the latest in a long and growing list of bank clients that have joined with the company in order to be able to offer mobile payments services to their merchant clients, within emerging markets.

Therefore, GCB Bank will be able to offer mobile payments services to its Ghana merchant customers.

Mobile Payments GhanaThe bank is the largest indigenous commercial bank in Ghana. According to the goSwiff chief strategy officer and President CEMEA, Erik Holst-Roness, GCB “leads the way in innovation with new banking technology. This is a bank with a strong commitment to customer service and the determination to make a change in the way their clients go about banking.”

The CEO of the bank, Simon Dornoo explained that he feels that the addition of the mobile point of sale system from goSwiff was a “natural choice” for them. He has observed the size of the company’s global experience and feels that by adding it to the options available to merchants, they will be able to enhance their “presence in the payment markets in Africa.”

Dornoo stated that the bank had been seeking a complete solution that would allow them to be able to develop this type of technology based service. They decided on goSwiff as the partner that they needed in order to be able to launch this type of smartphone payments option to their Ghanaian customers.

Mobile payments is a market that is taking off at an explosive rate in Africa, as it provides the ability to bring services to people who were previously completely unbanked.