- Transformation from a digital wallet to a tech-driven fintech company under e& life, from e&, with its own financial super app marketplace
- Becomes an innovative end-to-end technology solution serving the financial needs of banked, under-banked and unbanked segments as well as merchants and businesses
- Changes align with UAE’s continued socio-economic development goals for a cashless economy
Abu Dhabi, UAE: e& (formerly Etisalat Group) today announced that eWallet is undergoing a major transformation into a new fintech company called e& money. As the fintech arm of e& life (one of the specialist business pillars of e&), e& money aims to revolutionise the customer experience through its innovative financial super app marketplace.
The announcement builds on the success that eWallet has achieved to date, providing both UAE citizens and residents with safe, flexible and contactless payment solutions to make their daily transactions in the most convenient manner. Furthermore, as the first wallet licensed by the Central Bank in the UAE, it enabled new growth opportunities for the telecom and financial services sectors. In light of the fast-evolving fintech industry, consumers and merchants are seeking an integrated financial marketplace or mobile-centric solution to simplify the way they carry out transactions. Through the rebrand, e& money is evolving to become a comprehensive super app that addresses a variety of financial needs of customers, giving them access to financial services such as merchant payments, money remittances, bill payments, lending, investments, network branded cards and insurance services.
Khalifa Al Shamsi, CEO of e& life, said: “We are building on the solid foundations of growth through an array of relevant financial products and services that enhance our customers’ lives and add business value to merchants and businesses. Our fintech company, e& money, demonstrates our commitment to advancing digital fintech solutions that make a difference, delivering an innovative end-to-end financial marketplace that meets all of our customers’ financial needs as we push beyond the realms of traditional services.
“With the evolving financial ecosystem, e& money will set a precedent for embracing the imminent cashless economy by capitalising on e&’s brand value and our strong customer base in the UAE and the other operating markets. We also welcome strategic partnerships with start-ups and technology players in the fintech space to bring best-in-class technologies and innovative solutions such as AI-based platforms, credit scoring algorithms, and advanced analytics platforms that will benefit our customers and address the growing demand for a financial super app marketplace.”
UAE citizens, residents, and UAE-based businesses will benefit from e& money through an enhanced customer experience that enables them to do their financial transactions in a seamless, convenient and secure way, spurring a cashless economy.
The fintech company will open more doors to digital financial systems that will serve banked, unbanked and under-banked customers in the UAE. Currently, 55 percent of total payments are made in cash in the UAE, making it a dominant payment option in the country. The move will not only break down barriers customers face when accessing financial services even further, but it will also support the UAE’s ambitions for continued socio-economic development and a cashless economy.
Etisalat Group has changed its brand identity to e&, effective from 23 February 2022. Its strategy aims to accelerate growth through the creation of a resilient business model representing the Group’s main business pillars. The telecoms business currently continues to be led by etisalat by e& in e&’s home market and by existing subsidiaries for e& international, upholding the Group’s rich telecoms heritage, bolstering the strong telecoms network and maximising value for the Group’s various customer segments. Ramping up the digital services for individual customers to elevate their digital-first lifestyle, e& life brings next-generation technologies through smart connectivity platforms in entertainment, retail and financial technology. To enable the digital transformation of governments, large-scale enterprises and corporates, e& enterprise focuses on maximising value through its end-to-end solutions in cybersecurity, cloud, Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI), as well as deploying mega projects. e& capital allows the Group to focus its efforts on driving new mergers and acquisitions while maximising shareholder value and strengthening global presence.
About e& life, from e&
e& life is the business pillar of e& that enhances customer delight by bringing next-generation technologies, smart platforms and apps in entertainment, retail, mobility services and financial technology.
As a leading consumer ecosystem player, it boasts of superlative next-gen technology and app offerings that drive a seamless and ‘larger-than-life’ customer experience.
One of e& life’s products, E-Vision, is known as the largest content aggregator in the region, which has seen an expansion of services throughout its operating companies through cloud-based content and platform solutions, multi-screen, mobile and streaming services platforms. E-Vision is the super content and multimedia aggregator to MENAP and Western Africa that will empower the lives of customers in all walks of life.
e& life is also a strong fintech player in the region focusing on breaking down barriers customers face when accessing mobile financial services. The fintech capabilities are reflected in various mobile financial services such as e& money, UAE’s first regulated and licensed digital payment service.