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Monday, 19th April 2021

mCash partners with UnionPay International to offer customers seamless access and supreme convenience

SLT-MOBITEL’s revolutionary mobile money platform, mCash, which is transforming the country’s electronic payments landscape has partnered with UnionPay International (UPI) to enhance digital enablement in Sri Lanka.
The joint endeavor will further enhance the usability of services of both mCash and UnionPay International by bringing cutting-edge technological advancements to mCash customers and mCash retail merchants island-wide.
In addition, this strategic partnership will fuel the reach of UnionPay International’s services across 25,000+ partner network of mCash by empowering them with numerous benefits that will enhance their digital capabilities to serve customers with superior access and increased convenience. As the leading mobile money platform, mCash strives to provide world-class digital services by forging strategic partnerships thus showcasing its commitment to creating a less cash economy and leading Sri Lanka towards digital inclusivity.
mCash works in partnership with leading corporates across various sectors to offer fast, secure and efficient Mobile financial services. Further, mCash facilitates a wide array of financial services such as Deposits, Withdrawals, Sending & Receiving Money, Utility & Institute bill payments, Shopping, Lanka QR payments, Online payments, Charitable donations, Digital Standing Orders and robust B2B business solutions.
Over the years, mCash has experienced immense growth within a short period of time. The large clientele and the growing customer base stands testimony to mCash’s commitment to bridging Sri Lanka’s digital divide and constantly creating ways in which mCash can be more inclusive and adapted to customer lifestyles.
UPI is a subsidiary of China UnionPay focused on the growth and support of UnionPay’s global business. In partnership with more than 2400 institutions worldwide, UPI has enabled card acceptance in 180 countries and regions with issuance in 68 countries and regions. UPI provides high quality, cost effective and secure cross-border payment services to the world’s largest cardholder base, and ensures convenient local services to a growing number of global UnionPay cardholders and merchants.
(L to R): Representing Mobitel, Gayan Kalugamage, Assistant Manager – Mobile Financial Services, Rishani Gunaratne, Manager – Mobile Financial Services, Isuru Dissanayake, Senior General Manager – Product Marketing, Chandika Vitharana, CEO – Mobitel. Crispin Wijesekera, Country Manager Sri Lanka & Maldives, Benzy Fernando, Head of Products and Business Development Sri Lanka & Maldives and Arouf Samoon – Head of Marketing Sri Lanka & Maldives representing UnionPay International.




Wednesday, 31st March 2021

SLT-MOBITEL’s mCash partners with Visa to enable Visa Acceptance on LankaQR

mCash, the mobile money arm of SLT-MOBITEL has partnered with Visa to enable mCash merchants to process Visa payments via LankaQR. This joint endeavour will empower mCash merchants across Sri Lanka to conveniently use the Visa solution to receive QR payments from customers. Visa’s QR payment solution, is a mobile push-payment platform that allows customers to send merchants payments directly from their Visa prepaid, debit or credit card accounts by scanning a QR code with their mobile and following the applicable Visa process for QR payments.
With mCash’s latest addition of LankaQR via partnering bank Commercial Bank enables existing mCash merchants; from small businesses to large-scale enterprises, to conveniently accept payments from any customer who uses an app that is LankaQR certified, including the Visa QR solution. LankaQR codes issued by mCash merchants can accept payments sent through the Visa network using cards issued locally and internationally, placing it amongst one of the most fully-fledged LankaQR codes to be issued to the market.
Commenting on the partnership, Shashika Senarath, Chief Marketing Officer of Mobitel said, “As Sri Lanka continues to evolve digitally, we are proud to partner with Visa and roll out QR code solutions for our consumers ensuring convenience, security and reliability. With this partnership, we are able to deliver new payment innovations for our merchant base through mCash and LankaQR’s interoperable standards thus empowering our customers to pay and get paid seamlessly and further uplift Sri Lanka’s digital payment landscape.”
LankaQR was first launched through an initiative by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL). This was to ensure that all QR codes and QR-based transactions in Sri Lanka occur in a regulated and inter-operative manner. LankaQR’s island-wide activation is further in support of the Central Bank’s ‘Cash Wade’ campaign which aims to increase the adoption of digital transactions in Sri Lanka and to highlight issues related to using cash and encouraging consumers to enjoy the convenience of payments through digital platforms.
Anthony Watson, Country Manager – Sri Lanka and Maldives, Visa said, “The increased adoption of less-touch payments, be it contactless cards or QR codes, signals the shift of consumers and merchants alike, towards more forms of digital payments. We’re delighted to enable QR payments on Visa for merchants of SLT-Mobitel, so they can accept payments from Visa cardholders easily and safely. With this, we aim to expand digital payment infrastructure, usage and acceptance across small merchants in Sri Lanka.”
Shashika Senarath, Chief Marketing Officer, Mobitel
Anthony Watson, Country Manager – Sri Lanka and Maldives, Visa.




Thursday, 25th March 2021

SLT-MOBITEL powers ‘Mahagastotte Festival of Speed 2021’ for the third consecutive year

Reiterating its commitment to supporting sports and empowering talents to inspire athletes, SLT-MOBITEL will power the much awaited 87th SLT- MOBITEL Mahagastotte Festival of Speed 2021 as the title sponsor.
SLT-MOBITEL is sponsoring this legendary event, which dates back to 1934, for the 3rd consecutive year, after powering the races in 2018 and 2019. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic and health constraints most leading racing events scheduled for 2020 did not take place. The SLT-MOBITEL Mahagastotte festival of Speed is scheduled to be held on 3rd and 4th April 2021 at Mahagastotte, Nuwara Eliya.
Chief Executive Officer of Mobitel, Mr. Chandika Vitharana, handed over the official sponsorship to Mr. Niroshan Pereira, President of Ceylon Motor Sports Club (CMSC), the event partners for this highly anticipated sporting event.
This year’s event will showcase Motorcycles and a Classic car event on the 3rd of April, followed by a Motorcar event on 4th April. An awards ceremony and the presenting of trophies and certificates to winners will take place on both days.
The Mahagastotte Hill Climb has a rich heritage of over eight decades and named as the birth place of organized motor racing in Sri Lanka. CMSC, as the race organizer is well respected as among the oldest sporting clubs in the country. Their first meet was a Hill Climb at the Mahagastotte Estate in Nuwara Eliya on 28 September 1934, and since then the races have featured as a regular annual event, giving birth to young talented racers throughout.
Mr. Chandika Vitharana, Chief Executive Officer of Mobitel handing over the sponsorship to Mr. Niroshan Pereira, President CMSC accompanied by Mr. Shafraz Junaid, Vice President CMSC.




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