MoneyGram Announces Collaboration with Econet Wireless

MoneyGram, a global provider of innovative money transfer services, and Econet Wireless, the leading mobile operator in Zimbabwe, announced the launch of a new service that enables customers from more than 200 countries and territories worldwide to transfer funds via EcoCash, Zimbabwe’s leading mobile money transfer solution. The new offering means that more than 4.9

EcoCash Launches Mobile Money Companion Debit Card in Zimbabwe

Econet’s Mobile Money service,EcoCash, has announced a landmark agreement with MasterCard that will significantly assist in reducing cash dependence and increase financial inclusion through the provision of electronic payments in Zimbabwe. The collaboration will result in more than three million MasterCard debit cards being issued to mobile money provider EcoCash’s customers in the next five

Econet, WorldRemit Partner to Enable International Money Transfers to EcoCash

Zimbabwe’s leading mobile money service, EcoCash, has teamed up with WorldRemit, the global online money transfer service, to offer customers instant international money transfers to EcoCash mobile wallets. Zimbabweans in 35 diaspora countries can make online remittance payments to friends and family in Zimbabwe. Using WorldRemit, Zimbabweans can send money online, through smartphones, tablets or

Econet’s Partnership with WorldRemit a Smart way to Stay in Money Remittance?

The money transfer and remittance services industry is a big deal and it’s something we understand here in Africa because of the huge monetary inflows from the diaspora. At an annual figure of $64 billion for recorded inflows (this excludes well established informal channels) this industry has attracted a lot of investor attention. On the

Econet Says it Won’t Back Down on its Demands to Banks

Econet Wireless has pronounced a firm refusal to back down on it’s demand on banks to pay a tariff of 30 cents to gain access to its transaction messaging system. This is according to a report in The Herald that quotes Econet Chief Executive Douglas Mboweni reaffirming this stance. According to the article, Mboweni insists

EcoCash Boasts of Having Handled Transactions Worth over $4 billion

Econet Wireless Zimbabwe says that its mobile money transfer service, EcoCash, has handled transactions in excess of $4 billion since the service was introduce in 2011.This was highlighted by Econet’s group CEO Douglas Mboweni to parliamentarians at a familiarisation tour of the company. This impressive figure was achieved though 170 million transactions handled by the

Is the Warming up of the Econet-bank Relationship Affecting Telecash?

A few days ago, TechZim broke the news that Econet and the banks are finally warming to each other on the issue of banks being granted access to Econet subscribers so they also provide mobile money transfer service to them. The banks are not completely happy yet, but integration talks are on and some of

Zimbabwe Implements Tax on Mobile Money

The Zimbabwean Government has decided to implement a tax on all mobile money users. The five cent tax will be charged on all transactions and will allow the government to track mobile money usage in Zimbabwe in a similar way to the transaction tax collected on all ATM withdrawals and banking transactions. The new tax

Mobile Money in Zimbabwe: Of EcoCash, Telecash and …well, OneWallet

First, congratulations to the EcoCash team for winning the AfricaCom Best Mobile Money award. No doubt a few heads have turned towards Zimbabwe and we appreciate it. Congratulations as well to NetOne for the OneWallet re-launch. We hold our breath as we await Telecel’s Telecash launch. There has been quite some hype surrounding Telecash’s mobile

EcocashSave Reaches 900,000 Subscribers

Econet Wireless announced that subscribers to their Ecocash Save mobile banking service have now reached 900,000. 50,000 more than subscribers to typical brick and mortar banking services in Zimbabwe combined. The announcement was made in the same release announcing that Ecocash Save will start lending cash to subscriber in early 2014. The numbers are no