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18 Aug 2017

BSNL wallet in partnership with MobiKwik, gets launched

State-run BSNL, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, has now launched its own digital wallet.

Named BSNL wallet, it will cater to over 100 million customers to make cashless transactions. It was inaugurated by telecom minister Manoj Sinha.

BSNL wallet would host more than 1.5 million merchants on its network, making it the largest digital wallet by an Indian telecom company.

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BSNL launches its digital wallet
A step towards Modi's vision


A step towards Modi's vision

The Telecom Minister said that this initiative was a significant step in achieving Modi's dream of Digital India. The BSNL wallet extends the ease of payment to all its customers, "while equally strengthening financial inclusion in the rural hinterlands, which often get neglected."

It has all the functionalities of prevailing digital wallets. Moreover, it also allows payment of IRCTC train tickets via its app.


Spreading digital wallets in rural India

The state-run firm had partnered up with MobiKwik to develop this digital wallet. According to the statement made by BSNL, it's in line with its goal of making digital payments more widespread in semi-urban and rural areas.

Founder and CEO of MobiKwik Bipin Preet Singh said this partnership with BSNL will "empower masses in India with access to dependable Internet connectivity and digital payments."

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