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Tuesday, 12th February 2019

Mobitel broadens the country’s electronic payments landscape by introducing mCashQR   

 
In an effort to drive digital and financial inclusivity, Mobitel recently launched mCashQR, as an additional component to its mCash mobile app. By using a Quick Response (QR) code, users can make transactions with greater speed, ease and convenience. The mCash app allows customers to Top up, withdraw mCash and send cash to other users as well as make bill payments and purchase goods and services. The QR function simplifies the overall user experience for customers and retailers alike, enabling users to quickly scan a QR code and make the relevant transaction within a few seconds. The updated mCash mobile app can now be downloaded free of charge for Android and iOS mobile users, and within the next few weeks, mCashQR will be rolled out to over 16,000 mCash touch points island wide. mCashQR was developed as per the technical standard of EMVCo (Europay MasterCard Visa Contactless), a global standard, making it an easy transition to LankaQR which has been introduced by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka making the QR Code interoperable with other payment service providers.
 
Further mCash customers and merchants can create their own personalized QR code from the mobile app, by digitally embedding their wallet number and the transaction amount within the mCashQR code. In addition, the mCashQR code can be saved into a phone and can be shared among other recipients through email or social media networks. The mCashQR code can also be printed and displayed in various locations from a small vegetable or fruit seller to shopping malls, food outlets and elsewhere as a way of accepting payments. Whether the mCashQR belongs to a Retailer, Merchant or Bill Partner, the app will dynamically identify the mCashQR code and its functionality, and display the transactional function to the customer. Thereafter, by entering a PIN number and the transaction amount (if needed), the transaction will be completed, and the parties involved will be notified instantly via SMS.   
 
mCash is a Mobile Wallet conceptualized by the National Mobile Service Provider, Mobitel and approved by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka. It was launched in November 2013 capitalizing the telecommunication infra-structure to conveniently, instantly & securely enable financial transactions from the mobile phone. Mobitel embarked on the journey of providing financial services in the country allowing the entire financial industry to benefit from its core competitive advantages such as the reach to customers and the distribution network that has spread country-wide enabling Digital Financial Inclusion to every Sri Lankan.
 
mCash offers services such as Sending & Receiving Cash, Mobile Reloads & Bill Payments, Utility & Institute Payments, Online & Offline Shopping Payments, Bank Deposits and the newly launched Digital Loans where customers can apply & get a loan from the mobile via mCash. To register for mCash simply dial #111# from your Mobitel or Etisalat phone and to start using the mCash Account, Top Up the mCash account using the mCash extensive retailer network that includes small corner shops to leading retail outlets adding up to 16,000+ touch points island-wide including Mobitel Branches, SLT Teleshops, Singer showrooms, Abans showrooms, Keells Super outlets, Amana Bank, Sanasa Development Bank Branches or top up mCash from the Bank Account directly via the mCash smart phone app.
 
Friday, 30th November 2018

Innovation & Financial inclusivity mark mCash’s rapid adoption in 5 years

 
 
Growing from strength to strength to become one of Sri Lanka’s Biggest Financial Services Retail Network since it was established on 21st November 2013, mCash is celebrating its 5th Anniversary with great pride, looking back on many milestones achieved within a short span of five years. Launched by Mobitel, mCash is one of the pioneering Mobile Financial Services Platform in the country, which has forever transformed the way Sri Lanka conducts its financial transactions. mCash has truly empowered its customers by enabling people to use their mobile phones for financial transactions, placing them in control of their finances.
 
The efficacy, speed and convenience of mCash is evidenced by its burgeoning base of  customers of Mobitel & Etisalat, who embraced the mobile money platform to enhance their lives. mCash fulfils all the security requirements customers need, as it is licensed by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka and has Commercial Bank as the Custodian Bank and Deutsche Bank as the trustee bank. Further backed by Mobitel, the National Mobile Service Provider, mCash has become a household brand. 
 
Commenting on mCash’s 5th Anniversary, Kalhara Gamage – General Manager, Mobile Financial Services at Mobitel says, “It is a source of great pride for us to look back at the massive strides that mCash has taken to become one of the most widely used mobile financial services platforms in the country within a short period. Clearly, commitment to innovation has underlined mCash’s success at every turn. With every innovation that mCash introduced, it made financial transactions that much easier for people of Sri Lanka.  mCash boasts a retail network with over 16,000 Touch Points spread island-wide with hundreds of partners on-board. It offers an amazing variety of services to fulfil every conceivable lifestyle and commercial need of the people. There’s nothing mCash can’t do and this attitude will help us forge ahead to achieve even more milestones into the future.”
 
mcash facilitates a wide array of services via the mobile phone such as Deposits, Withdrawals, Sending & Receiving Money, Paying utility & institute bills, shopping, online payments, making charitable donations, Digital Standing Orders and robust B2B business solutions. 
 
Committed to digital inclusivity, mCash has partnered with other mobile operators such as Etisalat, allowing Etisalat customers to experience the wide array of mCash Services and Offers. Any Mobitel or Etisalat Customer could simply get onboard of mCash free of charge by dialing #111# from the mobile. The mCash Mobile App has also further made mCash transactions more user-friendly whereby customers could download it from the Apple App Store, Google Play Store and the Windows Mobile Store.
 
Most recently, mCash launched Sri Lanka’s First Ever Mobile Platform to offer Loans up to 25,000 via mCash by partnering with LOLC Finance where customers could apply for loan simply from the mobile. These Digital Loans offer access to finance, a true enabler for grassroots communities.
 
In yet another innovation, mCash launched Bank Deposits via mCash by partnering with NSB to launch NSB iSaver Service - allowing any Sri Lankan to save digitally by simply visiting 16,000+ mCash Retailers island-wide. This not only inculcates the savings habit but encourages greater adoption as it is a digital savings product. 
 
mCash has entered into strategic partnerships where needed, launching Cardless ATMs with Commercial Bank for the first time in Sri Lanka to allow Cardless Cash Withdrawals for mCash customers and also recently with Sampath Bank, where mCash boasts the largest ATM network in Sri Lanka for Mobile Money Withdrawals with over 1000 ATMs island-wide.
 
mCash further enhanced the user experience to customers with the introduction of a QR Code for payments where customers can simply scan the code and process a payment. This is currently live for mCash top ups, withdrawals, send & receive money and pay for shopping at any of the mCash merchants and retailers islandwide. 
 
mCash B2B solutions are transforming business and the mCash Robust Platform is empowering sectors such as Banking, Insurance, Finance and Travel to name a few. 
 
mCash rewards customers with popular unbeatable offers during Valentines, Avurudu, Christmas seasons etc. Available at the click of a button, customers can top up their mCash Account digitally using Internet & Mobile Banking Platforms of leading banks.
 
 
 
Tuesday, 5th December 2017

Innovative Mobitel stall at Techno 2017 and INFOTEL 2017 wins key awards

Mobitel, Sri Lanka’s National Mobile Service Provider, won several prestigious awards at the National Engineering and Technology Exhibition, Techno 2017, and at INFOTEL 2017 held recently. Mobitel bagged the Gold award for Best Display of Engineering services and Silver award for Best Demonstration at Techno 2017.  Mobitel also bagged an award at INFOTEL 2017 for the best stall. Both of which are premier technology platforms in the industry.
 
The Mobitel Stall at Techno 2017 was displayed under the theme “Driving innovation with technology for a smart nation” with an overall stall concept design to offer a novel experience to the visitor. Visitors were given the opportunity to experience all the segments or to join a guided tour with demonstrations at each zone. The main segments of the stall were virtual reality and entertainment experience, drone application demonstration and flying, connected urban agriculture with focus on smart hydroponics, smart aquaponics systems, and Applications of NB-IoT. This was the first ever NB-IoT technology (Narrow Band Internet of Things) showcase in South Asia. By empowering visitors to experience first-hand all the new technology trends, the stall inevitably created an interesting, energetic and lively environment, becoming the centre of attraction at Techno 2017, leading to it winning two key awards.
 
This year’s INFOTEL stall of Mobitel was themed as “Connecting the smart nation with Mobitel”. The main focus areas were NB-IoT technology and related applications, connected urban agriculture with focus on smart aeroponics, smart hydroponics, and smart aqaponics and virtual reality and entertainment.
 
Mobitel’s innovative services are enhancing communication, technology, health, and IT literacy opportunities for citizens by boosting data usage through solutions that meet customers’ daily usage requirements to enhance their lives.
 
 
Mobitel General Manager – Network Operations Viresh Dassanayake, Mobitel General Manager – Enterprise Business Prabhath Gamage, Mobitel Senior General Manager - Engineering & Operations Rasantha Hettithanthrige, IESL President Elect, Eng. Jayavilal Meegoda, Mobitel  Manager - PS Core Network Planning Uditha Chandrasena, Mobitel Manager - Product Service Innovation Gayangi Karunaratne and Mobitel Senior Executive – Business Solutions Subashith Thissera holding the awards received and Techno and INFOTEL 2017.
 
 
NB-IOT Connected Gas leakage detector designed by Mobitel showcased at TECHNO 2017.
 
 
Showcasing of the ‘Connected Urban Agriculture’ at TECHNO 2017 by Mobitel.