August 3

South African Telecom Operator Telkom Moves into Financial Services

By Nqobile Dludla

South Africa’s telecom operator Telkom has branched into the competitive space of financial services by launching a life insurance business that it said will initially sell funeral insurance.

Telkom and other mobile operators in South Africa are looking to tap more than 11 million South Africans who do not have bank accounts to offer lending and other financial services, a move that is set to threaten traditional and digital banks.

They are also seeking to expand their mobile payment apps into online market places to leverage their network and customer base.

Photo courtesy of John Hogg / World Bank.

Source: Reuters (link opens in a new window)

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