Sybase 365, MoPay Team Up

Sybase 365 announced it is working with MoPay to enable diverse communities in South Africa to access mobile commerce services

November 11, 2009

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CAPE TOWN, South Africa -- Sybase 365, a subsidiary of Sybase, Inc. (NYSE:SY), the global leader in mobile messaging and mobile commerce, today announced it is working with MoPay, an independent mobile services provider for the banking, telecoms and technology industries, to enable diverse communities in South Africa to access mobile commerce services.

This partnership will improve access to financial services for the under-serviced and un-banked communities of South Africa – individuals that would ordinarily struggle to connect with traditional banking and commerce mechanisms due to geographical or sociological barriers. Aimed primarily at lower to middle social groupings that are dependent on services provided in municipalities, it will also facilitate enhanced efficiency of payment collection for government bodies, utilities providers and educational organisations.

Sybase 365 is managing all of the messaging interconnection for the service using a dedicated SMS short-code - 31636 - that functions across all South African operator networks. Sybase 365 also provides the mobile payments platform, to process all financial transactions between the customer and the government and corporate entities.

“It is very rewarding to be at the forefront of a project which can really make a profound difference to the lives of people in South Africa. So many people are faced with a half day round trip to reach services that they can now access using a network independent, ubiquitous mCommerce service. It would be difficult for a farmer to give up a day tending his farm to go to visit his bank,” said Cobus Potgieter, CEO, MoPay. “Our partnership with Sybase 365 enables us to extend mobile-based service offerings to many more diverse, under-privileged and remote communities.”

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