Airtel, Umeme unveil Touchpay

VALUE ADDED SERVICES

|
Image: Somasekhar VG. By Julius Omondi Odera
Somasekhar VG

By Omondi Julius Odera, Kampala, Uganda

Airtel has partnered with Umeme, Uganda's leading electricity distributor, to offer Ugandans an easier means of paying their electricity bills through the Airtel Money system. The mobile phone platform allows Umeme consumers registered with Airtel money to access their bank accounts and transfer funds to pay their electricity bills from the comfort of their homes or anywhere anytime.

The service dubbed ‘Umeme touch pay system’ is described as a first of its kind in the market today. To use it, customers should dial *100# in order to access the Umeme touch pay system.

The Airtel Money service also allows customers to pay utility bills, DSTV subscription fees, shop and pay with Airtel Money in designated shops, transfer money across mobile networks, and to undertake banking transactions including paying in-cash, and withdrawing cash from the bank and from the automated teller machines (ATM).

Umeme Chief Financial Officer Selestino Babungi explained that touch pay solutions would involve payments at banks, both over-the-counter and through ATMs, and payments by internet and phone banking.

"This means customers can pay bills at any hour of the day or night and avoid disconnection. Our focus is increasing customer convenience in all ways possible," Babungi said.

He also commended their partnering with Airtel, "This means customers can pay bills at any hour of the day or night and avoid disconnection. Our focus is increasing customer convenience in all ways possible"

Speaking at the launch, Somasekhar VG,Managing Director of Airtel Uganda, said: “We are proud to partner with Umeme in this innovation. It costs twice as much for Ugandans to travel back and forth, braving heavy queues while struggling to pay their Umeme bills. But today I am happy to declare that Ugandans will no longer hustle with bill payments and will be able to save up to 50% in expenses when they pay their umeme bills using the ‘Umeme touch pay system’ Airtel Money transfer service is instant simple and secure,” he added.

Airtel Uganda Public relations Officer explained, “The service will cost between UGX 200 to 2000 depending on how much money a client is sending” He also adds: “One will get an instant confirmation receipt after the transaction which he can always send to an e-mail to print for future reference”

Somasekhar also noted that Airtel seeks to deliver relevant and innovative mobile solutions to help customers overcome the daily challenges of handing large sums which may attract unwanted attention, as well as save customers the trouble of wasting time in long queues to transfer cash “you no longer have to carry money – all you need is your Airtel mobile telephone” he said.

“Our goal as a company is to make communications, banking, payments, retail and infotainment affordable and accessible to all in Uganda,”. With access to over 5015 locations to the banked and unbanked, Ugandans and Small businesses have benefitted from Airtel Money services which has provided tremendous growth.” Somasekhar emphasized.

Airtel Uganda Mobile Money service that was launched early this year has registered a steady growth with over one million clients out of the four million Airtel subscribers. Its agent network is also growing with over 7000 country wide.



Share the News

Get Daily Newsletter

comments powered by Disqus

MORE VALUE ADDED SERVICES NEWS

Airtel Kenya partners Medanta Africare for mobile healthcare

Airtel Kenya has joined hands with Medanta Africare to launch a new mHealth service that will allow customers access quality health advice from doctors through their mobile phones.      Read More

MTN Mobile Money and Vodafone M-Pesa to interconnect Mobile Money Services

Customers of MTN Mobile Money and M-Pesa in East Africa will be able to transfer money to each other following an agreement between MTN Group and Vodafone Group to interconnect their mobile money services. Read More

Mobile money a game changer

There has been massive drop in the number of unbanked, thanks to the boom of mobile money services, a new World Bank report shows.  Read More

Afrinvest unveils mobile app for online trading, investment management

Ayodeji Ebo, Charles Egbunonwo, Ike Chioke, Afrinvest and Tony Usidamen Afrinvest Securities Limited at the weekend launched an online equity trading mobile application, offering clients mobile access to their brokerage accounts and portfolio data.  Read More

Stanbic launches real time payments for electricity and DStv

Stanbic Bank Botswana has announced the introduction of state of the art, real-time electronic payments for Prepaid Electricity and DStv Subscription through its cellphone Banking and Internet Banking Channels. Read More

Safaricom readies to bring M-PESA home

Safaricom has started final preparations for the launch of the second generation of its M-PESA platform as it prepares to perform a full scale system upgrade aimed at improving efficiencies and speed over the next week. Read More

Airtel Money hits over 1 million transactions in a month

Airtel Ghana has attained another milestone with its instant mobile money service.  Read More

Online payment of BGCSE examination fees using Orange Money

The Botswana Examinations Council has announced its partnership with Orange Money for the payment of examination fees. Read More

Airtel Money enables fundraising for Garissa attack victims

Airtel Kenya has set up a donation paybill number for well-wishers to send funds to the Red Cross to support victims of the Garissa attack.  Read More

Spectranet offers subscribers free movies on iROKOtv.com

4G or long term evolution (LTE), internet service provider (ISP) Spectranet has launched a partnership with iROKOtv.com, Africa’s premier internet television provider.  Read More

PRESS OFFICES

Sage ERP AfricaSAP AfricaSage Pastel AccountingTrust PayVMWareSamsung ElectronicsMitsumi DistributionPhoenix DistributionMTN BusinessSchneider ElectricMultichoiceMicrosoft 4Afrika

FEATURED STORY

e-commerce space untapped, says phonekings heade-commerce space untapped, says phonekings head

E-commerce is the future, says the head of a new online electronics mall launched in Nigeria. Tayo Olusanya spoke to Kokumo Goodie in Lagos.

IN DEPTH

Villagers get solar training at Barefoot College Villagers get solar training at Barefoot College

The Botswana Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) has seconded seven semi-illiterate mostly Ngwatle villagers for a six month solar electrification training course at the famed Barefoot College in India. 

COMPANY NEWS

ICT skills in Kenya to grow as ICT Authority and Microsoft sign MOU

Kenya’s ICT Authority and Microsoft have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which will, among other things, see Microsoft offer support in providing a platform that will ...