Google to launch an NFC pre-paid card in Kenya
Google has launched a pre-paid NFC-enabled card named Beba, that will allow people to make contactless payments for their bus tickets without using cash.
According to Beba's Service agreement, the company behind the project is Google Ireland Limited.
That move was expected and is starting in Nairobi first. The Beba card can be loaded up to KSh 10,000 (approximately $115) and it is attractive to users, as it can help them dodge the rising rates, it is very useful for the bus drivers as they don't need to provide an exact change.
Route charges are loaded on the customers Beba cards and some lower off-peak rates may not be counted or the price will be appropriate at least .
The Beba webpage will display user's paid rides, payments made into the system and account balance.
There is another company in Kenya that provides mobile payments services, so it's difficult to say if Google is planning to play defensive against the rival or just expanding the market in mobile payments but on the other hand, the Google Wallet has not seen a great success in Google's home market.
Anyways, with the Beba brand, Kenya just adopted a new Google system.