The Financial Inclusion Global Initiative (FIGI) is a three-year program implemented in partnership by the World Bank Group (WBG), the Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructure (CPMI), and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support and accelerate the implementation of country-led reform actions to meet national financial inclusion targets, and ultimately the global ‘Universal Financial Access 2020’ goal (see also https://www.worldbank.org/en/topic/financialinclusion/brief/figi).
Focus Infocom was tasked with the development of an extended testing methodology based on previous work also done by Focus Infocom, from which already two ITU-T Recommendations G.1033 (QoS and QoE aspects) and P.1502 (KPI and methodology for testing) have emerged. The new and extended methodology is also planned to be standardized in ITU-T Study Group 12.
Focus Infocom is also involved in the work of FIGI in the QoS Workstream of the Security, Infrastructure and Trust Working Group (for more information, see here for more information and documents).
The extended methodology showed its field worthiness in a three-country pilot field testing campaign on person-to-person money transfers with intra-country as well as cross-border use cases. For details, see the respective FIGI Reports or contact us directly for assistance in obtaining these reports.
The new extended methodology covers service testing of person-to-person money transfer using mobile phones as well as coverage performance testing of the mobile networks used in the service. The methodology is aimed at achieving high data quality and robustness in testing. The testing campaign, conducted under restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic, also showed how high-quality testing results can be obtained even under such conditions. Focus Infocom’s Managed Services and remote-deployed testing tools played a key role to ensure the success of these operations.