Vodafone announces 25 million active M-Pesa users

UK telco Vodafone has announced that M-Pesa, its mobile money platform designed for developing markets, grew by 27% last year to top 25 million active global users.

Scott Bicheno

April 25, 2016

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Vodafone announces 25 million active M-Pesa users

UK telco Vodafone has announced that M-Pesa, its mobile money platform designed for developing markets, grew by 27% last year to top 25 million active global users.

M-Pesa was launched back in 2007 by Kenyan operator Safaricom, with part-owner Vodafone’s backing. Its aim is to provide basic banking and money transfer facilities to people otherwise denied them via their phones and operator accounts. It subsequently expanded to other African countries as well as Afghanistan, India, Romania and, most recently, Albania. It is now found in 11 countries and has 261,000 agents offering it.

“I am delighted and proud that M-Pesa has reached the 25 million active customers milestone,” said Vodafone Group Director of Mobile Money, Michael Joseph. “M-Pesa continues to expand, evolving beyond traditional money transfers to encompass savings and loans, payment of salaries and benefits, settlement of utility bills and school fees and to enable vital health and agricultural solutions.”

Other current uses for M-Pesa include working with governments to make welfare and subsidy payments, enabling payment through third-party mobile apps, and providing a channel for charity donations to get into the hands of those they’re intended for. In addition partnerships with organisations such as TransferTo and MTN Mobile Money are giving the service further reach.

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Scott has been covering the mobile phone and broader technology industries for over ten years. Prior to Telecoms.com Scott was the primary smartphone specialist at industry analyst Strategy Analytics’. Before that Scott was a technology journalist, covering the PC and telecoms sectors from a business perspective.
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