Financial Monopolists Fear Losing out to Bitcoin, This Story Proves it

By August 31, 2016Bitcoin Business

Safaricom , a leading Kenyan mobile network operator with a multi-billion dollar revenue, shut down a promising Bitcoin startup called BitPesa back in November 2015. The fact that the largest telecom corporation in the country abused its power and monopoly over the Kenyan financial industry to eliminate a Bitcoin startup represents the significance and importance of the digital currency in the Kenyan financial market. How it all started BitPesa was the most highly regarded Bitcoin startup in all of Africa. Both international and local investors and venture capital firms were interested in the innovative Bitcoin-based cross-border payment services offered by the startup. The firm quickly garnered mainstream attraction in Kenya, allowing the firm to secure millions of dollars in funding. As its capital and user base grew, BitPesa ran into a major problem. The company had to partner with a local payment gateway licensed and supported by Kenya’s largest mobile network operator Safaricom, in order to make mobile payments and Bitcoin-based transactions across the region. Dangerous Safari BitPesa secured a strategic partnership with Lipisha Consortium, one of the very few companies that have permission to use Safaricom’s PayBill API service. This API service , which is based on Africa’s largest payment network M-Pesa, enables users and developers to send and process automated transactions, which were necessary for the services and products of BitPesa. The partnership with Lipisha Consortium allowed BitPesa to handle cross-border payments across Africa using Bitcoin, which led to a significant decrease in transaction fees and processing time. Kenyan users and customers from its neighboring countries were attracted to the efficiency and simplicity of the BitPesa platform. However, Safaricom began to feel threatened as BitPesa’s transaction volumes and user base increased rapidly. The telecom giant believed that if BitPesa continued to maintain its momentum, it would most […]

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