Flutterwave discontinues Barter

March 11, 2024
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  • Flutterwave discontinues Barter
  • CBN partners Gluwa to promote adoption of the eNaira
  • Airtel Tanzania instals 30 new towers 

Flutterwave discontinues Barter

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Flutterwave is discontinuing Barter, its virtual card service, three weeks after announcing that Disha, a no-code platform, would be temporarily closed on March 31, 2024.

Why? The company cited changing customer needs and market trends for the platform's closure tomorrow, March 12. It turns out that Barter accounted for only 1% of Flutterwave's $2 billion transactions.

The fintech is shifting its focus to the big leagues: enterprise and remittances. Setting its eyes on the moolah, it wants to double down on these segments.

Forget the small fry; it wants to dominate Africa's $54 billion remittance market. So, if you are a Barter user, get your cash from the app pronto!

No one's quite sure how well its remittance products, Send App and Swap, are doing, but it's giving it a shot.

This move follows a year-long hiatus to revamp its offerings. Barter, the OG letting Nigerians flex their international payment muscles back in 2017, had its fair share of drama.

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In 2022, it went MIA for several weeks due to an "update" fiasco with its card partner, Union 54. That partner, by the way, was hit with a $1.2 billion chargeback fraud attempt.

CBN partners Gluwa to promote adoption of the eNaira

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and Gluwa, a blockchain company, have teamed up to boost the use of Nigeria’s digital currency, eNaira.

Gluwa's got big plans to get millions of Nigerians on board with eNaira by using its Credal technology to build up credit reputations for users.

The partnership will focus on making it easier for fintech lenders to process loans by allowing direct eNaira transfers to customers. Besides, it uses advanced encryption to ensure that everything is completely secure.

It also wants to establish eNaira as the go-to record for all loan transactions, ensuring accuracy and transparency.

Gluwa plans to implement a secure authentication mechanism using encryption to provide users with a safe and compliant way to access financial services.

This news comes after Binance pulled the plug on all its services in Nigerian currency.

Now, about the eNaira itself. It launched in October 2021. But it's been a bit of a slow burn.

In 2023, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) dropped a research paper spilling the tea on how poor eNaira's been doing in terms of adoption. As it turns out, the numbers aren't too impressive.

Consequently, the Nigerian government pushed for eNaira-based payment of salaries and school fees.

 Airtel Tanzania instals 30 new towers


Airtel Tanzania revealed last week how the company has been expanding its coverage in rural areas.

The telco has already built 30 new towers as part of a plan to build 758 more in the countryside, thanks to a partnership with the government's Universal Communications Service Access Fund.

Dinesh Balsingh, Airtel Tanzania MD, also had a bone to pick with the government, requesting that taxes on mobile devices be reduced so that more people could connect. He believes that having more phones and better connections will significantly improve everyone's lives.

He gave a nod to the government for ditching airtime taxes and slashing fees for setting up stuff like fibre cables last July. However, he did not reveal how far Airtel's network now reaches.

In October 2023, the Tanzanian government and Airtel Tanzania signed an agreement to install 758 communication towers. The goal? Ensure that at least 85% of people use the Internet by 2025.

Airtel Tanzania, of which the government owns 49 per cent, has been expanding its reach, now covering up to 80 per cent of rural areas. And it’s gone big on 4G, covering 90 per cent with that sweet, fast tech.

The telco has reportedly been busy ever since the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority gave the thumbs up to run the 2Africa submarine cable in August 2022.

In 2023, it rolled out two big projects: the 2Africa submarine cable and Airtel's 5G network.

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Victoria Fakiya for Techpoint Africa

She's autistic and interested in mental health and how technology can help Africans with mental disorders. Find her on Twitter @latoria_ria.
She's autistic and interested in mental health and how technology can help Africans with mental disorders. Find her on Twitter @latoria_ria.
She's autistic and interested in mental health and how technology can help Africans with mental disorders. Find her on Twitter @latoria_ria.

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