Tanzanian mobile network operators Airtel, Tigo and Zantel yesterday announced the signing of a pioneering agreement to allow users of their respective Airtel Money, Tigo M-Pesa and Zantel’s EzyPesa services to send money to each other from their handsets. The move marks the first interoperability of e-money services anywhere in Africa and is expected to be live in the country by the end of June. In a joint press statement, the three carriers listed the major benefits their customers will enjoy, such as the ability to send money at more affordable rates and in a simplified way which does not require the use of PIN codes when making withdrawals – as had been the practice before signing of the agreement. The trio also noted the role of the Bank of Tanzania for facilitating interoperability, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and IFC for playing the lead role in the initiative.
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