Telecom operator Bharti Airtel's mobile commerce subsidiary Airtel Money's total value of transactions in Africa has grown 31.4% to $2.9 billion for the quarter ended March 31, 2015 from $ 2.2 billion in the same period last year. The total customer base using the Airtel Money platform increased by 76.4% to 6.2 million as compared to 3.5 million in the corresponding quarter last year while the total number of transactions during the quarter has grown by 72.2% to 156.8 million as compared to 91.0 million in the same quarter last year. During this quarter, Airtel Money also launched its person-to-person money transfer service in the African nations of Zambia, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Airtel Money has also received regulatory approval for the launch of cross border remittances in Niger, Airtel global chief financial officer Srikanth Balachandran said in the company's earnings conference call. "As you all know, Africa is witnessing the beginning of a mobile money boom and we are positioning ourselves to participate in this exciting opportunity," Balachandran said in the call. Balachandran also added that the company does a daily average of 1.75 million transactions on Airtel money in Africa Answering an analyst question, Bharti Airtel's group treasurer Harjeet Kohli said that there are some fixed charges and some charges based on value for each transaction and added that the margins from the business were adding a few million dollars to the revenue pie every quarter. It's worth noting that the average fee to remit money in Africa is the highest of any region in the world and as the Economic Times points…
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