Lagos - Blackberry, the smartphone
manufacturer, has outlined plans to consolidate its presence in the Nigerian
Matthew Talbot, the Canadian-headquartered company’s
Senior Vice President of Emerging Solutions, said offerings will mainly be in
the mobile money sector.
“We are excited to announce we’ll be expanding our mobile
payment initiatives into Africa, commencing in Nigeria,” he said.
As part of these plans, BlackBerry has partnered with
Interswitch Ltd, Nigeria’s largest payment processor, to enable any Nigerian to
transfer money or airtime within the BlackBerry Messenger service.
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“Separately, we are also expanding BBM Shop payment
options,” Talbot said.
The company will soon include the Firstmonie mobile
wallet, which is provided by Nigeria’s largest bank, First Bank of Nigeria
BlackBerry is also teaming up with Mobile Media Info Tech
(MMIT), a Nigerian company working to revolutionize mobile payments, to bring
secure payments to the BBM Shop.
Nigeria, alongside South Africa, are the
smartphone maker’s two largest markets in Africa.
- CAJ News