Splash service signs up 12,000 subs, goes national

18 Jan 2010

SMS-based mobile payment service ‘Splash’, which was deployed by Sierra Leone’s wireless operators in September 2009, has signed up 12,000 subscribers since launch, local daily Awareness Times reports. According to Splash’s director, Sheka Forna, the service is now also available nationwide: ‘We are already present in 30 agency locations around the country and also have a presence in each and every chiefdom of Sierra Leone,’ he revealed, stating that the company’s challenge is now bringing the service to all corners of the country and building Splash’s client, agent and merchant base. Forna added: ‘This is a made-in-Sierra Leone success story and the support of the mobile operators, Guaranty Trust Bank (GTBank), NATCOM, and the government have been instrumental in giving life to this local entrepreneurial venture.’ According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Splash is based on MoreMagic Solutions’ MWallet technology and designed for African markets. The service was initially launched in Freetown and is provided through a partnership between local bank GTBank and wireless operators Zain Sierra Leone and Lintel SL (Africell), which acquired Tigo (Millicom SL) in July 2009.