Singtel’s wholly owned Australian telco Optus will be one of the regional associate telcos which the Singtel Group plans to progressively expand the service to, including Airtel in India, Globe in the Philippines and Telkomsel in Indonesia. Singtel says it will work within the regulatory frameworks of the respective countries.
In what it describes as a first for the region, Singtel Group recently announced it would connect different telco wallets across markets to offer seamless cross-border payments at physical merchants.
Singtel says this will empower the Group's more than 600 million mobile customers to securely and conveniently pay with their mobile wallets when they travel in Asia Pacific, helping small merchants expand their reach to millions more in the process.
“This service is unique as it empowers travellers of each country to spend abroad with their telco wallets. We want to make this as seamless as using cash and give full transparency on the exchange rates they are getting,” Lang said.
Singtel says other mobile payment apps and its Bridge Alliance partners can potentially plug into the platform and gain ready access to the Group’s merchant and customer bases throughout the region.
“As a founding member of the Bridge Alliance, we welcome all alliance members across the world to come on board our platform as partners. Our goal is to work with as many partners — both telco and non-telco — to create a smooth payment experience for our customers when they travel abroad.”