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MasterCard, eServGlobal and BICS Create Remittance Joint Venture - WSJ.com

MasterCard, eServGlobal and BICS Create Remittance Joint Venture - WSJ.com | Mobility & Financial Services | Scoop.it

MasterCard (NYSE:MA), eServGlobal (LSE: ESG.L, ASX: ESV.AX) and BICS today announced the formation of HomeSend, a joint venture (JV) which will enable consumers to send money to and from mobile money accounts, payment cards, bank accounts or cash outlets -- regardless of their location or that of the recipient.

The HomeSend JV will leverage the current HomeSend platform, a remittance hub based on eServGlobal technology and developed as part of a strategic partnership between eServGlobal and BICS. The HomeSend platform was first to market in offering international mobile remittances. Today, HomeSend has live deployments in 50 countries and commercial contracts with mobile network operators (MNOs) and money transfer operators (MTOs) that represent more than 1.2 billion subscribers -- the equivalent of one in seven of the world's population -- and 200,000 cash agents respectively.

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A great step for HomeSend to become the standard in mobile international remittance. Congratulations to all the team.

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MasterCard, Telefonica form JV in Brazil to offer mobile money services

Grupo Telefonica and MasterCard International have announced the formation of MFS, a joint venture that will focus on developing mobile payment solutions in Brazil.
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MasterCard releases SDK for its PayPass technology - PaymentEye

MasterCard releases SDK for its PayPass technology - PaymentEye | Mobility & Financial Services | Scoop.it

MasterCard is launching the Mobile MasterCard PayPass User Interface Software Development Kit (UI SDK) for Android and BlackBerry OS 7 mobile operating systems (view press release). The new toolkit is designed to help issuers, mobile network operators and third party developers build new mobile applications that give consumers PayPass Tap-and-Go contactless payments via their smartphone.

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MasterCard, Deutsche Telekom Put PayPass In 93 Million Pockets | PYMNTS.com

MasterCard, Deutsche Telekom Put PayPass In 93 Million Pockets | PYMNTS.com | Mobility & Financial Services | Scoop.it
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The Global Journey from Cash to Cashless

The Global Journey from Cash to Cashless | Mobility & Financial Services | Scoop.it

Even though much of the world's population has access to many different options for making payments without it, cash still persists. As a way of making payment, cash takes time to get at, is riskier to carry, and by some estimates, cash costs society as much as 1.5% of GDP. Electronic payments on the other hand have been proven to boost economic growth, while advancing financial inclusion. It is for these reasons that countries around the world are working to make their payment systems less dependent on cash.

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This new global report from MasterCard tracks 33 major economies and measures where they stand from going cashless. The report identifies the key factors that are driving this move and classifies countries in four categories: inception, transitioning, tipping point and nearly Cashless.

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SFR présente une carte de paiement avec Mastercard

SFR présente une carte de paiement avec Mastercard | Mobility & Financial Services | Scoop.it
SFR a présenté ce matin une carte de paiement et de retrait, rechargeable, et sans contact avec la technologie PayPass de Mastercard.
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Playmakers - MasterCard, Everything Everywhere Accelerate Mobile Payments In UK | PYMNTS.com

Playmakers - MasterCard, Everything Everywhere Accelerate Mobile Payments In UK | PYMNTS.com | Mobility & Financial Services | Scoop.it
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My two cents: The Mastercard Mobile Payment readiness study… to be taken with caution?

My two cents: The Mastercard Mobile Payment readiness study… to be taken with caution? | Mobility & Financial Services | Scoop.it

The recent Mobile Payment readiness study published by MasterCard raise a few questions on the usefulness of the metrics used. It is little surprise that, according to this study, the top 20 countries in regards to ‘readiness’ include 13 developed countries and countries like Kenya and the Philippines where mobile money is already widely adopted. While this must be interesting to MasterCard as an answer to the following question: “where should I start promoting the NFC card payments for banked people?” I doubt the other industry actors, such as those promoting mobile money for the underbanked or the unbanked, will be able to make a a lot of use from it.

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