FNB Namibia launches banking app, mobi site

FNB Namibia has launched its latest innovations in digital banking, namely the smartphone banking app and .Mobi site.
The move forms part of FNB Namibia's wider digital and mobile strategy, catering all cell phone users, whether they have smartphones or feature phones.
The app and .Mobi sites give clients safe, secure and affordable banking anytime, anywhere. The app works with iOS Apple, BlackBerry10 as well as Android smartphones. It is available as a free download from the App stores. For the handsets with internet connectivity the bank has introduced the new FNB .Mobi functionality, to do all our banking online. Visit www.fnbna.mobi to register and transact.
“We are excited to be bringing FNB's innovative award winning Smartphone banking app and digital banking site to Namibia, thereby empowering our clients with relevant mobile solutions such as the app and FNB .Mobi. This is an opportunity to contribute meaningfully towards the growth of Namibia's banking sector and unleash client benefit,” says Ian Leyenaar, CEO of FNB Namibia.
Aside from being able to do general banking transactions like viewing account balances, transfers and payments, the app also includes value added services such as the ability to locate cash withdrawal machines (ATMs), buy prepaid airtime or electricity, make free calls and messages to other FNB app users.
“The app offers our clients a simple and intuitive banking experience for anytime banking. Unique innovations such as the ability to locate and pay anyone in close proximity, through Geo Payments, and make cashless mobile money transfers via eWallet are just some of the many value added services clients will benefit from,” says Leyenaar.
Globally there are nearly seven billion mobile connections, expected to rise to 9,7 billion by the end of 2017. Africa has an estimated more than 700 million subscribers and close to 400 million unique subscribers. According to the GMSA, Africa is the fastest growing mobile market in the world. Smartphone penetration in Africa is also on the increase with research company ABI estimating that by 2018 low cost Smartphone's will account for 44% of all Smartphone shipments.
FNB is looking to offer African clients best in class choice on mobile banking. For clients who do not have smartphones, FNB Namibia has also launched a .Mobi site, which works just as well on feature phones.
“While we believe Namibia has great potential for smartphone and app penetration, we tried to ensure that we cater for most of our clients requirements. We foresee that eventually as supply increases and prices of smart devices fall that more people will have access to these devices to be able to transact using our digital channels,” says Leyenaar.
Both the FNB Banking App and FNB.Mobi site provide access to banking for customers who may not have easy access to the branch network as there is no reliance on physical infrastructure.
“Our app and .Mobi site include eWallet, which enables us to reach the underserviced and underbanked with a mobile money solution. Customers can expect regular new features and innovations that make their lives easier and add to their banking experience,” says Leyenaar.