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WhatsApp in talks to roll out mobile payments service in Indonesia

Tuesday 20 August 2019 | 12:53 PM CET

WhatsApp is in talks with Indonesian digital payment companies to offer mobile transaction services, Reuters reports.

Indonesia could become the second country where WhatsApp introduces the services, as it awaits regulatory approval from India. Unlike in India, where it plans to offer direct P2P payment services, in Indonesia WhatsApp will serve as a platform, supporting payments via local digital wallets.

WhatsApp is in talks with several digital payments companies including Go-Jek, DANA, and OVO.

The service was originally planned to start at the end of 2019, but sources said they expected it to be delayed by several months, as WhatsApp would not want to launch in Indonesia before India, Reuters continues.

Earlier in August 2019, India has announced it is reviewing an audit report on data practices of WhatsApp to ensure compliance with local rules before permitting a nationwide debut of the company's payments service.

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