After close to 8 years of having the Safaricom Mpesa servers in Germany, April 2015 will see them be relocated to Kenya.
The relocation hopes to offer more reliable services to the Kenyan clients. The location of the servers abroad has at times been cited for delayed response to service interruptions.
Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore says the new M-Pesa platform is currently undergoing test runs expected to be completed by end of March.
“We will be running a parallel network from time to time while undergoing the test runs, thereafter we will have a complete switch over. We expect the new platform located here will have bigger capacity, be much faster and allow other merchants to connect directly to the platform,” said Mr Collymore in an interview.
The process of installing the M-Pesa servers in Kenya began 18 months ago. It is expected to minimise service outages that occur whenever the undersea fibre optic cables which relay information to Germany and back are damaged.