Sri Lanka Bank of Ceylon to widen electronic payments

Posted on February 28, 2008  /  2 Comments

Sri Lanka’s state-run Bank of Ceylon has tied up with an Indian mobile commerce firm to start a text message based electronic payment system that could overtake credit card transactions, officials said.
Bank of Ceylon’s new service allows its six million customers to use pay shops that join the system at the cost of a text message using a system developed by India’s, PayMate.

The mobile transaction service will initially start with selected large merchants like SriLankan Airlines, Odel, Singer, Abans and Stone & String before linking up retailers in rural areas.

“This opens a lot of avenues to merchants because we are bringing them six million of our customers,” Bank of Ceylon’s IT chief Nissanka Janaratne said.

Read the full report in LBO here.


  1. Its nice to see a government bank taking the initiative. This indicates ‘Ceylon’ is catching up with the world finally despite all the ostacles its facing. Good work n keep it up.

  2. i want to check my account details