South Sudan now has its first-ever mobile money service. Named m-GURUSH, where m is for mobile and GURUSH is money in Arabic. It is a joint partnership between South Sudan's Trinity Technologies and Zain Telecoms South Sudan.
The mobile money service has been licensed by both the Bank of South Sudan and the National Communication Authority of South Sudan.
“We are not just launching a brand name today. The m-GURUSH money mobile commerce platform presents a complete transformation from your first interaction with it, which is a simple, easy to use customer friendly access menu that makes it fast and convenient for customers and dealers to carry out transactions. The platform provides consumers with a robust offering of products that cuts across, Service Payments, Airtime top-up and money transfer services.” said Mr. Joseph Arinaitwe, Vice President at Trinity Technologies.
The launch of m-GURUSH comes not so long after Liquid Telecoms announced it will be implementing South Sudan's first-ever fiber network. The high-speed broadband network will also be connected to Liquid Telecoms' One Africa network which aims to connect all of Africa through a single broadband fibre network.
Customers of the mobile money service will not only have access to an account but also to a full suite of financial services.
"For South Sudan’s most vulnerable, especially displaced persons and women, the benefits of mobile money are real and far reaching. m-GURUSH will actively pursue partnerships with the Government and humanitarian organizations to ensue ease of access to affordable financial services. We will work closely with our network partner and the Government in reaching Small and Medium Enterprises and the underserved population, including female customers with relevant and tailored products and services," reads a statement by m-GURUSH.
— By Sello Moloi