Airtel Granted Approval For Service Bank License in Nigeria

A leading provider of telecommunications and mobile money services with a presence in 14 countries across Africa, Airtel Africa today announced that its subsidiary SMARTCASH Payment Service Bank Limited (“Smartcash”) has been granted approval in principle to operate a payment service bank business in Nigeria.

According to a statement by the CEO, Airtel Africa, Segun Ogunsanya, he stated that final approval is subject to the Group satisfying certain standard conditions within six months.

“I am very pleased that Smartcash has been granted an approval in principle to operate a service bank business in Nigeria. We will now work closely with the Central Bank to meet all its conditions to receive the operating licence and commence operations.

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The final operating licence will enable us to expand our digital financial products and reach the millions of Nigerians that do not have access to traditional financial services. I am looking forward to working closely with the Government, the Central Bank and traditional financial institutions to expand financial inclusion and meet the evolving needs of our customers and the economy.”

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 Africa offers an integrated suite of telecommunications solutions to its subscribers, including mobile voice and data services as well as mobile money services, both nationally and internationally.

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The Group aims to continue providing a simple and intuitive customer experience through streamlined customer journeys.


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