Ria Money Transfer and Dandelion power the real-time cross-border payments for Rebtel
By Joy Dumasia
Ria Money Transfer, a business segment of Euronet Worldwide, Inc. and a global leader in the cross-border money transfer industry, announced a new partnership with Rebtel, an international calling service provider in Sweden. The partnership embeds Ria’s international money transfer service directly into Rebtel’s digital platform, making it easy and convenient for Rebtel’s customers to send money to loved ones worldwide. Ria offers payments to bank accounts, mobile wallets, and cash across 170 countries and territories and is powered by Euronet’s Dandelion service, the world’s largest real-time international payments network. Embedding a money transfer feature presents a unique growth opportunity for Telcos wanting to enter the FinTech space.
According to the UN, there are more than 280 million migrants worldwide, and most of them have a need to connect with family back home whether it’s a phone call or a money transfer. Unfortunately, structural barriers often leave migrants underbanked and underserved, but Rebtel recognized the opportunity and built a calling network that enables users to communicate with family across 51 countries. Today, in partnership with Ria, Rebtel can now offer money transfer services to customers, enabling them to make international calls through Rebtel and send money home through Ria, all in one easy and convenient app.
Svante Pagels, CEO of Rebtel, said: “At Rebtel, we believe in knocking down barriers that separate people. It’s our mission to link all migrants with loved ones worldwide. We are pleased to announce our partnership with Ria Money Transfer. In the next years, we will continue to introduce solutions that ease cross-border transactions while maintaining the same high level of service quality for international calls and financial services.”
This partnership highlights a significant growth opportunity for Telcos. Last year, the Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development estimated a robust 7.3 percent growth in the remittance space and projects continued growth in an industry valued at more than 600 billion dollars in annual flows to low and middle-income countries. Euronet’s Dandelion network, which powers Ria’s money transfer capabilities, is uniquely positioned to power cross-border payments to difficult-to-reach emerging markets, including Latin America, Africa, and Southeast Asia, the same regions that Rebtel supports.
Juan Bianchi, CEO of Euronet’s Money Transfer Segment, said: “Behind every money transfer, there is a story, and it usually starts with someone calling home, caring for family, or making a loved one’s life better. We’ve spent over 35 years building an inclusive, real-time payments network that empowers people to send money home, including those people championed by Rebtel. This partnership is a great example of the affinity of our brands with services that are fast, easy, safe and have no hidden fees.”
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