Airtel, Verifone partner on NFC payment in Ghana
Airtel Ghana has partnered Verifone Mobile Money to raise the bar in the mobile money space by introducing a contactless “tap and pay” near field communications (NFC) technology that will enable an easier and faster way for the growing base of Airtel Money’s over 1.5 million registered customers to pay for their goods and services in a convenient, instant and secure manner.
The partnership will provide Airtel Merchants and the numerous point of sale outlets across the country with top notch NFC enabled devices which will provide both merchants and customers a wonderful payment experience when making payments at sales points. All the customer needs to do is a contactless tap at the NFC device with their mobile phone to effect payment via their mobile wallet. Customers without NFC enabled devices will receive a sticker that will enable them enjoy this wonderful payment experience.
Commenting on the partnership, Chris Jones, Chief Executive of Verifone Mobile Money said, “This partnership will deliver developed world technologies to the customers of Airtel Money. We believe that NFC technology and the roll out of contactless “tap and pay” across the African continent will help to realize the true economic benefits of cashless economies while driving mobile money adoption through an improved merchant payments experience. We are excited about this partnership and look forward to a long term association.”
“We are delighted to be partnering Verifone Mobile Money to enhance the payment experience of our customers. This is a more efficient mode of payment as it reduces the number of steps customers have to go through to make a mobile money payment” said Lucy Quist, Managing Director of Airtel Ghana. “The use of this new technology will further deepen the growing acceptance of cashless payments in Ghana” she added.