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Telecel launches TeleCash API. Invites developers, merchants to integrate

telecash-ussdExciting week of payments indeed! We can exclusively reveal that TeleCash, the mobile money service provided by Telecel Zimbabwe, has a live API and the mobile operator is now inviting developers and merchants to come integrate. We got confirmation today from the company’s Mobile Financial Services Director, Nkosinathi Ncube.

Currently, Webdev (the company behind Paynow) is working on integrating the service to its internet payments gateway, Ncube told us. “The TeleCash API is LIVE and open to all developers and online merchants, and we invite all potential developers or merchants to come and connect with TeleCash,” he said.

Telecel Zimbabwe is the first company to openly invite developers and expose its API to the tech ecosystem in Zimbabwe. Developers, both local and regional, have been complaining for a while now that the main mobile money player, Econet, won’t open up its EcoCash platform to developers so they can push and pull transactions from it.

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Ncube explained how the online payments feature works: “Customer will generate an OTP (One Time Password) valid for 30 minutes from the TeleCash USSD Menu *888# > Online Payments Option, the customer will enter this OTP on the Merchant Site or Channel, which will then invoke the TeleCash API to move funds in a secure manner.”

Ncube also provided a diagram that shows how it works:
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If you’re a developer and have been part of the clamouring for mobile operators to expose APIs to the developer community, we hope those cries were genuine and that this will unleash payments innovations on the web and mobile.


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14 thoughts on “Telecel launches TeleCash API. Invites developers, merchants to integrate

  1. PayPal didn’t come through today. Ecocash and Telecash both didn’t provide generally available APIs- How about we get verified news. Because how do you release an API and have no sign up or any technical documentation on the API?

      1. Pay attention: Telecel is demonstrating how not to launch an API in 4 easy steps:
        1. Don’t specify if its a soft-launch/beta/public launch
        2. Do not bother to set up a landing page, or even a sign up page if registration is not fully public
        3. Give a vague “contact us” to those who are interested. Prefer Fax-only enquiries for your (web?) API
        4. Never shed additional details on API technology. Avoid mentionong the API protocol. No one cares if it Corba, XML or smoke-signals. A half-baked sequence diagram is enough.

  2. very exciting indeed, the Telecel API seems more secure.

    But its not very flexible 🙁 ANyways we have to wait for the official documentation to prove me wrong (i hope).

    Rather stick to paynow.co.zw and let someone else handle the nitty gritties for now.

  3. I hope when i come to Zim early July the infor will be ready because it is very difficult for us to get infor when we are outside the country— I wonder why?

  4. After looking at their diagram i would this API is very simple and should be very easy to integrate into a website. its a good idea for them to use OTP. The setup is very flexible. I like it.

  5. Has anyone used this API, if so can you add a link of your site just want to see it working?

  6. still waiting for proper documentation of how to use this API, preferably online please………..

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