Why Airtel Has Upgraded its Africa Developer Portal

Airtel Africa is a leading provider of telecommunications and mobile money services, with a presence in 14 countries in Africa, primarily in East Africa and Central and West Africa.

Airtel has upgraded its Africa Developer Portal integrating its remote payments with Airtel Money wallets.

This is aimed at driving better efficiency for businesses to engage in seamless mobile money activity with its dedicated mobile money platform.

The company says the highly secure and seamless portal was created especially for merchants and e-commerce businesses to create, discover and integrate into their fast-growing library of Open APIs. The APIs on the portal will allow merchants to both collect Airtel Money payments and disburse them into Airtel Money wallets.

The company says over 400 businesses are now actively using the service in the pilot phase across different African markets.

“The Portal has a vast range of possibilities and will make a positive impact to multiple businesses, whether they require to collect payments from Airtel Money customers or they need to disburse payments to beneficiaries. The Portal further contributes to Airtel Africa’s vision of bridging the digital divide, increasing financial inclusion and helping to transform the lives of our customers,” Mobile Commerce BV CEO, Vimal Kumar Ambat said.

The Developer Portal was created by Airtel’s Africa Digital Labs which is the digital force behind Airtel Africa. The hub builds technology platforms and digital products to develop cutting edge solutions for the company’s customers.

Airtel Africa Group Chief Information Officer, Neelesh Singh added: “The Airtel Africa Developer Portal is a testament to the work of the Digital Labs team. We build products that deliver financial empowerment and drive innovation across the entire customer experience, combining smarter technology with smarter thinking. We are focused on solving complex problems with the latest technologies and the Developer Portal is just one example of how we are committed to turning this vision into a reality.”

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