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Feb. 27, 2019, 3:09 p.m. EST

Malaysia : Axiata mobile wallet joins Singtel's e-payment network

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Feb 27, 2019 (Euclid Infotech Ltd via COMTEX) -- THE digital services arm of Malaysia's Axiata Group has signed on to Mainboard-listed telco Singtel's plans for a cross-border electronic payments network, in a tie-up announced on Wednesday.

Axiata Digital's Boost Malaysia wallet will now join the VIA alliance, which Singtel launched in October 2018 alongside Thai associate telco AIS and Kasikornbank to support fuss-free regional e-payments.

The new partnership adds Boost's 3.7 million customers and 66,000 merchant outlets to VIA, which now accepts payments made between the Singtel Dash e-wallet and AIS Global Pay. Dash has more than 500,000 registered users, Singtel has said, but it could not put a number to AIS Global Pay users.

This is Dash's first foray into a non-associate market, although Singtel had previously said that it planned to roll out VIA across regional associates in Thailand, India, the Philippines and Indonesia. It had also named the e-wallet from China's Ping An Insurance Group as a potential non-telco partner, and The Business Times (BT) understands that talks with other potential partners are also under way.

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