Google has rolled out an NFC-enabled card called the Beba Card
for public transport in Kenya’s capital Nairobi.
The card will be used on the Citi Hoppa
Dorothy Ooko, Google-Kenya’s communication
manager told local media:
“The project is on a pilot basis. We
have many partners and that is all we can say for now.”
The Beba Card is a prepaid product that can be
loaded with up to KSH10,000 (USD115) and will be marketed to
Users can check the balance and trace back
transactions on the Beba website.
The Kenyan market is predominantly mobile
driven where many companies are trying to capitalise on the success
story of Safaricom’s M-PESA.
m-payments in Kenya totalled more than
KSH318bn in 2011. The figure amounts to between 11% and 13% of the