Youtap launch mobile QR money solution and apps for growth markets in Africa

QR stockYoutap launches mobile money QR code solution and apps for growth markets in Africa and Asia. (Image source: Youtap/Africa Newsroom)Youtap has launched a QR code solution and smartphone apps for mobile money services in Africa and Asia

Youtap’s solution enables customer-initiated or merchant-initiated QR code payments for smartphones and smart point-of-sale devices. The solution conforms to the BharatQR industry standard developed by Bharat, Mastercard and Visa.

The new solution gives any merchant or small business owner with a smartphone the potential to download Youtap’s Merchant App, self-register, and start accepting mobile money payments. Likewise, any subscriber with a smartphone can download the Youtap Pay App and start making payments. Merchants who do not own a smartphone could be provided a printed QR code to accept mobile money. 

Youtap’s QR code solution enables a full range of mobile money transactions, including cash-in and cash-out transactions, airtime top-ups, bill payments and in-store payments. QR codes can also be used to give back change when a customer uses cash.

Smartphone penetration across the emerging markets is increasing significantly. Recently MTN Group published statistics on the growth of smartphones across its operating companies, including South Africa (15 per cent), Nigeria (36 per cent), Ghana (64 per cent) and Côte d’Ivoire (100 per cent). According to the GSMA, an association that represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, smartphone adoption is expected to reach 50 per cent by the end of 2018.

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