Mobile money users grow by 10%

On the rise: Orange Money is the country's leading mobile money service PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE
On the rise: Orange Money is the country's leading mobile money service PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE

The number of subscriptions for mobile money services in the country rose by nearly 170,000 or 10% last year, as more Batswana opted for the convenient payment and settlement fintech.

Mobile money services in Botswana include Smega by BTC, Orange Money by Orange Botswana, MyZaka by Mascom, and Poso Money by BotswanaPost. Figures shared by Statistics Botswana this week indicate that by December, the country had 1.8 million mobile money subscriptions, up from 1.65 million in December 2022.

While Statistics Botswana did not give further details on the subscription shares between the different market players, by March last year, a Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority report indicated that Orange was ahead of the pack, enjoying about 53% market share.

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