Local and International developers will now easily be able to integrate 3rd parties onto M-pesa and as well as do more local innovations.This comes after Safaricom brought its M-pesa servers back to Kenya in March, the company has announced that it has opened up it the M-pesa platform to allow local and international developers to come up with next generation applications that will work with the most preferred mobile money solution.
Developers have been rubbing their hands in glee in anticipation for the release of the Application Programme Interface (API) which will greatly impact on the functionality of M-pesa to their e-commerce applications. “One of the advantages of the new M-pesa platform is the fact that it is easier to integrate with other financial platforms to offer more or improved services to our customers,” said Betty Mwangi, Director- Financial Services, and Safaricom.
With this in place developers are expected to come up with innovative solutions for Business to consumer, Consumer to business and Business to Business channels, which can run off the new M-pesa platform. This will be a major solution to one of the major shortcomings cited by local with the previous M-PESA platform, which was located in Germany. It was also a relatively slow and complicated process given the need for approvals here and from the team manning the servers.
Betty Mwangi further said that Safaricom are open to partnerships in order to come up with some of the best solutions that will help in transforming lives. Safaricom has over 23 million subscribers, of these, over 19 million customers use M-PESA, opening up the platform will help developers build applications that can accept M-PESA payments minus going the old-school Pay bill or Lipa Na M-PESA way.