BPO revenues soon to overtake OFW remittances

The business process outsourcing (BPO) industry may soon overtake dollar remittances from overseas Filipinos in terms of revenues given the continued strong demand for office space, a real estate market consultancy firm said.In 2014, the BPO sector registered $18.9 billion in total revenue and is forecast to grow between 15 percent and 18 percent for 2015.Pinnacle Real Estate Consulting Services Inc. said the industry is expected to further grow this year with revenues projected to hit $25 billion.

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Azimo Partners with Vodafone Romania To Bring M-Pesa Digital Money Transfers to Millions of People

Azimo, the digital money transfer service, has joined forces with Vodafone Romania to integrate the mobile payment service, M-Pesa, into the Azimo iOS and Android apps. The strategic partnership will enable anyone living in Europe, including millions of Romanians, to send money to loved ones who are Vodafone Romania users registered with M-Pesa and can collect funds in over 2100 M-Pesa locations throughout Romania.

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Regalii, A Startup In NYC’s Washington Heights, Uncovers Where Immigrants’ Remittances Really Go

It’s not a converted industrial warehouse in Brooklyn. Or a stately, century-old building in the Flatiron.
But YC-backed Regalii’s atypical office location up in the Dominican-heavy Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan has given it plenty of insights into its working-class immigrant customer base.
The startup, co-founded by several Latino founders who personally knew the hassles of sending money home, focuses on remittances.

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Made In Africa: Cross-Border Mobile Money Transfer Leaps In East Africa

East Africa has emerged at the leader in mobile payment over the years, with countries like Kenya having more than two-third of its adult population using mobile phones to transact.
With the mobile money market in sub-Saharan Africa expected to double by 2019, lack of interoperability between telecoms operators and cross-border restrictions has stood out as one of the key challenges that face the growth of the revolution.

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Payments via social media to drive mobile money transfer market to 13bn transactions this year

The number of mobile money transfers is expected to increase by nearly 150% in 2015.
A new report from Juniper Research has found that the number of mobile money transfers is expected to increase by nearly 150 per cent in 2015 to more than 13 billion, with several social media firms already seeing a dramatic rise in service usage.

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Could Mobile Money be the Answer to Financial Inclusion in the Developing World?

With its mobile money segment showing “encouraging growth” in the first half of 2015, leading emerging mobile markets operator in Africa and the Middle East MTN emphasized that “the continued roll-out of MTN Mobile Money and broader financial services remains a priority”. Priority, both because of its contribution to the operator’s revenues and its projected significance in Africa’s financial future.

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