Mastercard Acquires Oltio to Accelerate Digital Payments Adoption in Middle East and AfricaMarch 6, 2018 | Johannesburg, South Africa
Acquisition to drive cash displacement and innovation in emerging markets
Mastercard has completed its acquisition of mobile payments technology company Oltio from Standard Bank Group.
The acquisition builds on Mastercard’s longstanding relationship with Oltio, a startup that pioneered and patented several mobile payments and banking solutions, including an authentication technology. Today, that technology enables consumers to authenticate Masterpass digital wallet purchases in South Africa using their bank PIN and mobile phone.
Over the coming months, Mastercard will leverage Oltio’s technology, people and infrastructure to enhance and scale its existing suite of digital solutions for merchants and issuers in cash-orientated, emerging markets - in turn, enabling them to deliver more seamless payment experiences to the consumer.
“Too many consumers and merchants in the MEA region are stuck in a cash economy that doesn’t work for them,” says Mark Elliott, division president for Mastercard, Southern Africa. “By combining our joint expertise, technologies and reach, we can bridge the divide between the region’s cash economies and the digital future, bringing the benefits of digital payments to more people and businesses.”
Issuers will benefit from added functionality including person-to-person payments, bill payments, and airtime top-ups, which they can integrate into their existing mobile banking applications.
For merchants, Mastercard will enhance and scale its omni-channel acceptance solutions, enabling even the smallest businesses to accept digital payments using efficient and affordable technology, such as Quick Response (QR) codes.
“We have had a great relationship with Mastercard over the years, and believe that Oltio will thrive as part of an issuer-independent payments company with Mastercard’s vast global resources and innovative technology,” says Andrew Wilmot, executive, Group Card and Emerging Payments for Standard Bank.
Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
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Oltio is a business that is focused on identifying, developing and where required operating mobile-centric financial payments and security products and services. Its rich heritage, combined with extensive experience in the development of mobile banking and payment solutions across the African continent, sets the Oltio team apart from its competition.
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