Telenor opens bank in Serbia

Telenor Group has opened its first wholly-owned financial institution Telenor banka in Serbia providing customers with innovative mobile banking services.

The online bank is set to encourage more consumers of the nation of 7 million people, to save via bank accounts, build credit histories, and pay for transactions digitally versus cash.

“Telenor banka is an example of how we can contribute to the digitalization and development of society, while at the same time responding to the needs of individuals by offering simple and on-the-go mobile solutions. Mobile financial services are key to our Internet for all strategy, an ambition to connect the unconnected and built on our belief that the internet is for everyone. The mobile phone is the essence to simpler money transfers, readily accessible savings accounts, new methods of bill payment and even insurance products,” says Frederik Baksaas, group president and chief executive officer, Telenor.

“The launch of the bank in Serbia is conducted in close cooperation with Serbian authorities and represents a significant step in the company’s financial service history. We are currently also evaluating the establishment of financial services in other Telenor markets in Europe. As market conditions vary across Europe, the approach might be different from the one in Serbia,” said Kjell-Morten Johnsen, EVP and head of Region Europe.

Telenor is now launching its first fully online bank and via its agreement with MasterCard, consumers in Serbia will be able to access the bank’s own and other ATMs for money withdrawals and deposits. Telenor banka customers will be able to open their account at Telenor service shops across Serbia.

Telenor banka provides interest and an easier alternative to waiting on queues in post offices or travelling long distances in the countryside to pay bills. With a fully online bank, all processes are completed immediately and Telenor is offering innovative mobile banking services, which are hassle free, available anytime and from anywhere.

Telenor Group, which entered Serbia in 2006, bought KBC Banka in 2013. Mobile financial services are no new venture to Telenor, which entered the mobile financial services industry in 1999. Telenor co-owns Pakistan’s Easypaisa service, the third largest mobile money deployment in the world. Easypaisa, a venture between Tameer Microfinance Bank and Telenor, today serves over 6 million customers every month through a wide network of 30,000 agents in 700 cities across Pakistan. In Norway, Telenor is in partnership with local banks driving the mobile wallet and cashless payment Valyou and the mobile BankID solution.

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