Country’s first interoperable QR solution to be available to all Tigo Pesa customers by April 2018


Dar es Salaam, Tanzania – March 1, 2018: With over 40 million mobile users in Tanzania, there is a real opportunity to use technology to financially connect those not yet included. Tigo Tanzania, Mastercard and leading local fintech Selcom have partnered to introduce Masterpass QR on Tigo’s Mobile Financial Services platform, called Tigo Pesa.

Almost seven million registered wallet holders of the Tigo Pesa solution will be able to securely pay for goods and services before the end of the second quarter of 2018. By simply scanning a Quick Response (QR) code at merchants via their Tigo Pesa app using their smart phone, they will be able to pay more quickly than ever before. Feature phone users can use the USSD menu and simply type in a unique merchant code available under the merchant’s QR code.

The partnership announcement during the Mobile World Congress marks the launch of the country’s first truly global interoperable QR payment solution, allowing payments by both mobile money users and banked consumers at locations displaying the Masterpass QR logo.

“Tigo Pesa is not only a payments enabler,” said Simon Karikari, Managing Director at Tigo Tanzania. “It is a platform where customers can perform a full range of financial services, where Masterpass is a strong addition to the range of products and services our customers can enjoy in their daily lives.”

Tanzania has made great strides in financially including its citizens in the past decade: the percentage of Tanzanians formally part of the economy was positioned at only 15.8 percent in 2009, but that number has jumped to over 65 percent in the last year, driven largely by the introduction of easily accessible mobile solutions such as Tigo Pesa.

Raghav Prasad, Division President for Sub-Saharan Africa, Mastercard said, “Findings released in the 2017 FinScope Tanzania report further indicate that one of the main drivers of access to financial services in Tanzania has been the adoption of digital financial services. A trend we are seeing across the continent, and in emerging markets globally.”

He went on to add that with over 85 percent of retail transactions still being done in cash in Africa, accessible and secure payment solutions are key to bridging the gap. This is further reinforced by local research which reveals that 89 percent of consumers are still receiving income and making payments in cash. “We need to urgently action the shift from cash to smarter digital solutions, and Tigo Pesa enabling Masterpass QR payments is allowing this goal to become a reality.”

Tigo is a strong brand in the Tanzania market, with our mobile financial services platform, Tigo Pesa, as a powerful driver to achieve financial inclusion across Tanzania. With the addition of Mastercard’s Masterpass QR solution we are not only able to further strengthen our offering and ensure secure payments for all users, but also to bring much faster and more convenient payments to the fingertips of our customers. We have a vested stake in ensuring the country’s prosperity and that of its people, where partnership will be critical to achieving this goal and introducing more efficient ways for consumers to engage with the world around them,” concluded Simon Karikari, Managing Director at Tigo Tanzania.







About Tigo Tanzania

Tigo Tanzania is Tanzania's leading digital lifestyle telecommunications company. Tigo started its operations in Tanzania in 1995. Through its distinctive and diverse product portfolio in voice, SMS, high-speed internet and mobile financial services, Tigo has pioneered digital innovations such as the first Smartphone in Swahili, free Facebook in Swahili, TigoPesa App, Tigo Mobile App as well as the first East African cross-border mobile money transfer with currency conversion.

For 3 consecutive years, Tigo has dominated market growth, becoming the second largest operator in Tanzania.   With an aggressive expansion plan, Tigo launched 4G LTE network in Dar es Salaam and 22 cities around the country between 2015 and 2016. Tigo boasts a loyal 11 million registered subscribers, and directly and indirectly employs over 300,000 Tanzanians including, an extended network of customer service representatives, mobile money merchants, sales agents and distributors.

Tigo is the commercial brand of Millicom, a multinational company championing digital lifestyle in 13 countries worldwide; with commercial operations in Africa and Latin America and corporate offices in Europe and the US.


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