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BANGLADESH MOBILE MONEY: BRAC Bank – MNO entry could challenge bKash's dominance

    Waseem Khan
    Waseem Khan

    Equity Research Analyst, Financials, Consumer and Pharmaceuticals (Bangladesh)

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    Tellimer Research
    31 May 2018
    Published byTellimer Research
    Bangladesh’s mobile money race could be about to get more interesting. A news report suggests Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) may be allowed entry into Mobile Financial Services (MFS) if draft guidelines prepared by the central bank are passed. MNOs, along with NBFIs and investment/fintech firms, would be permitted to own a maximum 49% of an MFS platform, while a scheduled bank must own at least 51%. If passed, this guideline would potentially be negative for BRAC/bKash, positive for Grameenphone (Buy) and positive for other banks who could be potential partners for MNOs.