, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 18 – Equitel has recorded a 16 percent growth in the number of mobile money commerce transactions, according to the latest data from the Communications Authority (CA). The MVNO saw its mobile money commerce transactions increase to 101 million as at the end of June 2019, up from 87 million in the same period last year.
At the same time, the value of mobile commerce transactions increased to Sh378.9 billion, a 15 percent increase from Sh328 billion that was processed over the same period in 2018.
The operator’s continued growth in mobile commerce payments has been driven by the aggressive signing up of leading retailers and online merchants and an increase in the number of Equity Agents. Currently, Equity Bank has 20,185 merchants and 38,200 agents countrywide, offering e-commerce service to both customers and merchants at no cost.
“Our effort to digitize retail commerce operations through enrolling retail shops to transact through EazzyPay has paid off. The number of EazzyPay transactions has grown suggesting the size of transactions are increasing and the country is accepting the risk of digital money,” said Equity Group CEO and Managing Director James Mwangi.
Equitel processed over 156 million transactions as at the end of June 2019 valued at Sh469.9 billion, compared to 140 million at the same period last year, valued at Sh413.4 billion.
Equitel’s person-to-person transfers grew by 8 percent to Sh126.5 billion up from Sh117 billion, accounting for 16 percent of the total Sh770.9 billion transferred in June 2019. Total deposits stood at Sh81 billion in the same period, accounting for 12 percent of the overall Sh669.3 billion deposited across all mobile payment platforms.
“Our customers are digitizing their money. Once the money is deposited on their mobile phones, they are not withdrawing but transacting with it on a digital platform and that to us is the best change we are seeing in the overall market,” Mwangi said.
Overall, the number of active mobile money subscriptions in the country according to the CA report, stood at 32.5 million as at the end of June 2019, compared to 29.7 million as at June 2018 translating to a 10 percent increase, while the value of transactions increased by 11 percent per cent to stand at Sh2.18 trillion from Sh1.92 trillion.
Equitel’s subscription base as at June 2019 was 1.88 million, accounting for 3.6 percent of the market share.
Equitel, which was launched in July 2015, accounted for 22 percent or Sh469.9 billion of the Sh2.1 trillion that was transacted in mobile money as at the end of June 2019.