September 18, 2022

Prophius partners with Mastercard on tap on phone payments for SMEs in Sub-Saharan Africa

Prophius and Mastercard have rolled out Tap on Phone technology to deepen financial inclusion in Sub-Saharan Africa, enabling small businesses to accept contactless payments using their NFC-enabled Android phones.

 The move is expected to boost digital payment acceptance at small and micro enterprises in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, and other key markets in Sub-Saharan Africa while supporting consumers’ preference for safe and seamless digital payment.

 PayContactless leverages Mastercard Tap on Phone, a simple and cost-effective digital payment technology developed for micro and small businesses and tradesmen who tend to operate in a cash economy due to the costs and complexity of obtaining traditional point of sale devices.

 The solution turns Android smart phones into secure payment acceptance devices for contactless cards, mobile wallets and even smart watches with no additional equipment or set-up costs.

Small businesses will benefit from a faster checkout in-store, as well as be able to easily accept card payment on delivery.

This makes Prophius the first Financial Technology (Fintech) in West Africa to be certified by Mastercard for Tap on Phone and furthers its mission to enable commerce and create seamless payment experiences at the storefront.

Country Manager and Area Business Head, West Africa at Mastercard, Ebehijie Momoh, said: “Small businesses are crucial for systemic economic recovery, and by connecting more SMEs to digital commerce tools and affordable payment acceptance solutions, we are putting in place a strong foundation that can facilitate sustainable growth.

 “Through our partnership with Prophius, we can further support financial inclusion and help the businesses deliver new and best-in-class contactless consumer experiences using a device they already own a smart phone.”

 Prophius is working with several bank partners across Sub-Saharan Africa, with the solution expected to be available to small businesses from October 2022 in selected markets.

 Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Prophius, Olugbenga Adams said: “This is the next phase for us in our quest to enable commerce at the storefront in a simple, cheap, and effective way.

 “This is especially important for small businesses, which need to accept payments without the associated hardware cost and partners including financial institutions and Fintech companies that want to enrich their existing products with contactless payments acceptance.”

 Insisting that PayContactless provides consumers with a flexible, seamless, intuitive and secure checkout experience, he explained that all the customers need to pay is simply tap their contactless card or wearable against the merchant’s device, adding: “If the transaction amount exceeds the cardholder’s verification limit for contactless, the customer will be required to enter their bank card PIN onto the merchant’s phone. This is safe for the cardholder, as the PIN is encrypted and is not accessible by anyone.”

 The tap on phone functionality aligns with Mastercard’s commitment to delivering quicker and more accessible payments, without ever sacrificing security for convenience, and supports the technology company’s commitment to connect 50 million micro and small businesses to the digital economy by 2025.