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After the beta launch debacle, Nepal Telecom has uploaded a new and updated Namaste Pay app in the Google play store on Ashoj 13, 2078. Earlier the digital payment service was launched on September 14, 2021 (Bhadra 29, 2078). One of the great features of the Digital payment mobile money service is the ability to perform offline transfers, payments that is, without the use of the internet. You can also make online payments using a mobile app.
Now that the new app is here, they have sent a request to all those who had registered before, to use the refreshed app. It seems like the app crash problems and adding money issues have been resolved mostly. The message also requests people to uninstall the old app and install the new one. Namaste Pay’s website is also live at the moment but the web login is still not available.
Before the launch program had a gracious presence of MoIC Secretary and NT Chairman Mr. Baikuntha Aryal, Rastriya Banijya Bank’s Chairman Mr. Ram Sharan Pudhasaini, NTA Chairman Mr. Purushottam Khanal, NDPC’s board members, NTC & RBB’s Senior officials. Namaste Pay’s logo, its android app, and shortcode for USSD service were unveiled at the event.
Namaste Pay is the mobile money service set up by Nepal Telecom and Rastriya Banijya Bank (RBB) with an authorized capital of Rs. 1 billion. This government-run digital payment app has become the mobile wallet with the largest paid-up capital of Rs. 400 million.
Namaste Pay is not only the first government-run payment service provider (PSP), but also, the first offline mobile wallet. It means the user need not have an internet connection to make digital payments.
Up until now, there were only online digital payment platforms for the users to make transactions. It required smartphones and an internet connection. With the use of Namaste Pay, NT users with feature phones (non-smartphones) can also make offline transactions anytime and anyplace.
The payment system will use the mobile number as a digital wallet. The ability to use mobile balance funds to pay bills like electricity bills, water bills, etc, will not come now due to the regulations’ restrictions.
So there will be two separate accounts for the mobile number, one for Mobile balance and another for Namaste pay wallet. This feature helps to skip the taxes included in the service charges. Such an option makes mobile money service cheaper and easier.
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For payment, the company also uses the USSD channel which has a fast response. Then, by typing the USSD code, the users can make offline transactions. This option is much secure than SMS too. It will also help non-smartphone users and digitally illiterate people to access such payments.
For online users, a mobile wallet app will be available. Rashtriya Banijya Bank will act as a settlement bank for payment services. As per the info, all mobile numbers in Nepal can do the payment from Namastepay using both online and offline means.
The Nepal Digital Payment Company is so far the largest in terms of paid-up capital. Among the 27 PSPs approved by Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB), Namaste Pay has the largest paid-up capital.
According to the Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA) provision, the digital payment companies should make a paid-up capital of at least Rs. 10 million. As per the details released by Nepal Rastra Bank, the paid-up capital of Namaste Pay is Rs. 400 million.
After Namaste Pay, the companies with the highest paid-up capital are IME Pay and Prabhu Pay. Their paid-up capital is Rs 100 million. Similarly, eSewa has a paid-up capital of Rs. 50 million.
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Here is the process to register your mobile number for the digital payment service offline.
You can also register for the service from the mobile app, by filling in the KYC details, that require your info and ID scanned photo.
For now, only Nepal Telecom users can use this Namaste pay service while they will enable the service for Ncell and Smart Cell users too.
You can use the Namaste pay service online via an app and offline through USSD code. Once you are registered for the service, you can also access it either way. All you need is the PIN code.
To access the payment service online, you need to
To access the payment service offline, you need to
For now, Namaste Pay’s digital payment platform has limited features, as with all wallets have in the earlier phase. However, Nepal Digital Payment Company is known to add more features with time.
The first beta launch had many issues including the app crash mostly for Android 11 phones. Similarly, the money loading in the wallet had many issues. But it seems like the crash issue has been solved mostly. This is still the beta launch, so we can expect them to rectify the issues soon and integrate more features. As per NDPC, they are working to resolving the balance load problems with support from the integrated banks.
A perfect mobile financial service needs the integration, development, and testing with Banks, merchants, utility service providers, online business operators, interconnection partners, and other stakeholders. Nepal Digital Payment company says that the process is challenging and time-consuming to operate all kinds of services at once, also to identify and solve the problems that may arise in the initial stage. Therefore, the company has adopted a strategy of gradually adding and diversifying its services, starting with the minimum number of services.
The company expresses its commitment to making the Namaste Pay service more customer-oriented and useful by adding more services, facilities for greater financial inclusion. They also commit to make the financial service more secure than just making a profit out of it. NDPC seeks constructive suggestions and advice from well-wishers in strengthening their position in the digital payment landscape.
Have you used the long-awaited Namaste Pay service? Do you have any suggestions for the service, share your thoughts in the comment section below.