Africa’s Cellulant partners Mastercard for online e-commerce payments
African payments firm Cellulant has partnered with Mastercard to enable its customers to make online e-commerce payments wherever Mastercard is accepted, with or without a bank account.
The move will allow customers to make global online payments with a Mastercard virtual card linked to Cellulant’s digital wallet offering Tingg.
Tingg is a single API payments platform that enables businesses to collect online and offline payments while allowing consumers to pay from their mobile money, local and international cards or directly from their bank.
Cellulant, which currently covers 35 countries across Africa and boasts around 300 payment integrations, says the partnership comes at a time when “digital commerce and online shopping is thriving across Africa and the need for safer means of shopping online increases”.
Smartphone penetration is on the rise across the continent, leading to an increase in demand for alternative payment methods driven by mobile payments.
David Waithaka, Cellulant’s chief revenue officer (CRO), says the firm’s work digitising payments for businesses and their consumers “enables the requisite foundation for innovation, economic development and financial inclusion”.