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Mobile payments are growing in Nigeria

The Central Bank of Nigeria has announced that the transactions are taking off in the country.

According to a recent statement made by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the use of the financial institution’s mobile payments platform within that country has been gaining a great deal of ground.

The ease and convenience of the transactions have proven to be very popular in that part of Africa.

Dipo Fatokun, the director of the banking and payment system department at CBN, explained that mobile payments have been achieving a growing adoption rate in that nation. This announcement was made at the Mobile Money and Financial Inclusion: What’s the Next Big Thing day-long conference in Lagos, which was organized by the Brookings Institution of Washington D.C. and by Leeds Bryan International Limited.

It was also pointed out that as 4G internet service comes to Nigeria, this will only boost mobile payments use.

Central Bank of Nigeria - Mobile PaymentsFatokun indicated that CBN and mobile network operators had an ongoing agreement that made sure that mobile payments transactions could be maintained in a sustainable way, without hitches or outages. It was also indicated that as the country would soon be moving to 4G internet service, a broader network would be available from the current 3G in Nigeria.

In his statement, he added that “We in central bank on the issue of connectivity are at the last stage of an MoU signing with the Nigeria Communication Satelite (NICOMSAT) such that they would provide WIFI technology at various locations in Nigeria so that connectivity would be made easier.”

It was also explained by Fatokun that CBN has a focus on preventing transaction fraud in its mobile payments system through the use of an established electronic banking guideline which extends to transactions that occur over smartphones and tablets. He added that there are specifications for systems through which business must be conducted. It was also expressed that there are a number of technical details provided for how deployments can be made, and that smartphones do not have any specific security elements as is indicated by NCC, and that they would therefore not function over this channel.

Mobile payments set for major growth in the future

Mobile payments are growing more popular

Mobile payments have already been growing in popularity around the world, but with consumers becoming more acclimated to the services that are available to them, mobile payments are set to see accelerated growth in the near future.  Consumers are beginning to see the benefits they could take advantage of through participating in mobile commerce. The convenience that mobile payments represents has, thus far, been one of the most attractive aspects of this new form of commerce and this aspect is likely to continue attracting the interests of consumers for years to come.

Report sheds light on various factors in mobile commerce space

BI Intelligence, a leading market research firm, recently released a report concerning the growth of mobile payments in the U.S. and in Europe. The report shows that mobile payments are becoming more common as smartphone penetration grows around the world. As more consumers get their hands on smartphones, the more likely they are to shop online using their mobile device. Young, affluent consumers have been leading the charge toward mobile commerce for some time, and these consumers in Asian and African markets are expected to be the major source of growth in mobile commerce in those regions of the world.

mobile payments consumersBusinesses growing eager to embrace mobile payments

The report shows that consumers are not alone in their interest in mobile payments. Businesses are beginning to become more accommodating of mobile commerce as smartphones and tablets become the favored shopping platforms for consumers. The report shows that higher transaction volumes through mobile sales will be the primary growth driver of mobile commerce among businesses in the future.

Mobile payments platforms have yet to be a hit with consumers

The report notes that mobile commerce platforms are plentiful, almost annoyingly so for consumers. While there is a multitide of mobile payments services to choose from, none of these have yet become a major hit with consumers. Even PayPal’s mobile commerce platform has yet to appeal to a significant number of consumers.