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M-PESA to Open its API in April 2015

by Sam Wakoba
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safaricom logoSafaricom has said it will open its API to the public next year April to help developers build platforms that can use M-PESA for quick payments.

Safaricom head of innovations Veronica Ogeto speaking at the Pivot East Conference said,”The M-Pesa API will be available by April next year, as a working date. The M-Pesa API is not hosted in Kenya and we have been trying to bring it home.”
The delay, she said was because the M-PESA API is not hosted in the country and the firm is working to bring it home. The firm has been saying for a long time now that the M-Pesa open API will be available to the developers. It’s become a song that it will open up its API  for developers to use M-Pesa for in app purcharses.

The problem still exists, the only alternative, some developers say is to use a PesaPal widget which is not as effective as a user has to leave the app to make payments.  Though M-Pesa now allows online payments, powering payments in mobile apps is still a problem.

A few years ago, an Open Source M-Pesa API called PesaPi was launched by a local develoepr to help developers build apps using Safaricom’s M-Pesa as they wait for the firm to release its API. With PesaPi devs can integrate payments in their apps. Other ways of using M-Pesa minus the firm’s API is by devs having their own M-PESA disbursal account so that they can collect payments manually.

Safaricom also announced a free sms white label testbed for developers in Kenya. So developers building SMS and USSD apps can use it for free.

 

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