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Millicom, Airtel and Zantel announce Africa’s first mobile money interoperability agreement

by david.nunes

Millicom, Airtel and Zantel announce Africa’s first mobile money interoperability agreement

Stockholm, 4 June, 2014 – The subsidiary of Millicom (Stockholmsbörsen: MIC) in Tanzania, Tigo, joined with Airtel and Zantel today to announce Africa’s first agreement to allow their customers in the country to send money to each other whether using Tigo Pesa, Airtel Money or EzyPesa on their mobile handsets. The service is expected to begin this month.

This is the first agreement in Africa to adopt interoperable mobile money services, whereby one network allows another network’s customers to send money to its own clients.  In the early years of the mobile industry, such agreements were common for both voice calls and SMS text messaging.

With this groundbreaking agreement, the potential number of customers able to send money by mobile to each other in Tanzania, regardless of network, will increase to over sixteen million.

Airtel, Zantel and Tigo welcomed today the recent statement by Vodafone supporting the principle of such interoperability and looks forward to concluding a similar agreement with Vodacom in Tanzania.

Hans-Holger Albrecht, Millicom’s President and CEO commented, “We are delighted to work with our counterparts to extend the mobile money universe in Tanzania. With this agreement we can help make Tanzania a global pioneer in digital financial inclusion. Interoperability will be a catalyst for growth in the mobile money sector and is long overdue. It’s an example to operators in other countries.” 

Tigo has over 6.2 million customers in Tanzania overall and 3.4m users of its Tigo Pesa mobile money service. 

In February 2014, Millicom launched the world’s first cross-border mobile money service with currency conversion between Tanzania and Rwanda.

About Millicom

Millicom is a leading international telecommunications and media company dedicated to emerging markets in Latin America and Africa. Millicom sets the pace when it comes to providing digital lifestyle services to the world’s emerging markets, giving access to the world, primarily through mobile devices. Operating in 15 countries, Millicom offers innovative and customer-centric products. Millicom employs more than 10,000 people and provides mobile, cable, broadband, TV content, online and financial services to over 50 million customers. Founded in 1990, Millicom is headquartered in Luxembourg and listed on NASDAQ OMX Stockholm under the symbol MIC. In 2013 Millicom generated revenue of $5.16 billion and EBITDA of $1.9 billion.

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