Revolut's New License Approval & Nubank's Big Move Into Telecom

Revolut's New License Approval & Nubank's Big Move Into Telecom
Nubank has been approved by Anatel, Brazil's National Telecommunications Agency, to create its own virtual network operator (MVNO). Source: Tecnoblog

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In a recent development, Revolut India announced that it has received an in-principle approval from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to issue Prepaid Payment Instruments (PPI). This approval allows the company to offer prepaid cards and wallets in India, significantly enhancing its operational scope in the country's payments market.

According to Paroma Chatterjee, CEO of Revolut India, the app is currently live with its employees for testing purposes focusing on compliance and customer experience. The public rollout is expected soon after all technical issues are resolved.

This authorization complements the existing licenses that Revolut India holds, including a Category-II Authorised Money Exchange Dealer (AD II) license, enabling them to offer multi-currency forex cards and cross-border remittance services. With these comprehensive financial services, Revolut is poised to provide both international and domestic payment solutions on a unified platform to Indian consumers.

In Mexico, Revolut received a banking license from the National Banking and Securities Commission (CNBV), allowing it to operate as a bank. Led by Juan Miguel Guerra Dávila, Revolut Mexico will offer international transfers and plans to rely on fee-based income and shared global infrastructure costs for operational efficiency.

These steps are part of Revolut’s strategy to enhance its global presence and innovate in the digital banking sector, leveraging its licenses to offer diverse and efficient financial solutions in multiple countries.

Now let's see when we hear more about a license in the UK..

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Now let's dive into the news of today:


🇧🇷 Nubank is aiming to expand beyond Banking Services and plans to venture into the Telecommunications sector by launching its own Mobile Phone Network Operator company. Nubank has been approved by Anatel, Brazil's National Telecommunications Agency, to create its own virtual network operator (MVNO). Read on


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🇮🇳 Revolut India said it has received the PPI license from RBI and is planning to launch its app soon. Notably, with the approval coming into force, Revolut India can offer Indian consumers both international and domestic payment solutionson a single platform. 

Additionally, Revolut plans to launch Dutch IBAN to simplify business banking in the Netherlands 🇳🇱 Around six months after introducing Dutch IBAN for personal accounts, Revolut made the announcement for business users. After transitioning to Revolut Bank UAB's Netherlands branch, customers will receive a new IBAN starting with 'NL', the country code for the Netherlands. 

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