Africa targeted by world’s first cryptocurrency electricity top-up app
Electroneum has become the world's first cryptocurrency to enable electricity top-ups with ETN in Gambia, Senegal, Nigeria, and Mali, from within their mobile app at a tap of a button, and they plan to expand electricity top-ups to more countries gradually.
Mobile airtime and data top-ups with ETN from within the Electroneum app are already possible in 140 countries. 19% of the world's population are currently using cryptocurrency and 14% more are saying they are prepared to start using digital assets.
Since its November 2017 launch, Electroneum’s ETN token can now be used to top up mobile phone airtime and data in over 140 countries from within the Electroneum app. Also, nearly 2,000 merchants and service providers around the world accept ETN payments.
"Electroneum is one of a handful of cryptocurrencies that are building an ecosystem with real-world use cases, adding value for more than 2.6 million verified app users," said Richard Ells, CEO, and Founder of Electroneum. "Today, approximately 185,000 mobile top-ups have taken place from within our mobile app."
Electricity top-ups from within the Electroneum app are very easy. You go to the bottom where it says top-ups. Select electricity top-up and enter the number of the electricity meter and enter a cell phone number where you want to receive notification that your transaction has been completed.
If you have relatives or friends in either of those four African countries, you can top up their electricity meter by following the previous instructions.
With mobile top-ups becoming more prevalent the enablement of electricity top-ups and the launch of ETN Everywhere with close to 2,000 brick and mortar and online shops where you can spend ETN, earning ETN on AnyTask makes more sense.
Making a living on AnyTask
AnyTask – the global freelance platform powered by Electroneum – is still in its soft launch phase. In just over three months, over 460,000 people have registered to the website as either sellers or buyers. Freelancers have listed over 6,500 tasks in dozens of categories, including video editing, whiteboard animations, tech support, website design, and so much more.
The freelance platform is the only one that does not charge freelancers any commissions, nor does it require them to have a bank account or PayPal. This unlocks the global digital economy to billions of people who are either unbanked or underserved.
Electroneum’s next step is to roll-out a targeted marketing campaign aimed at making a living off of AnyTask a reality. Freelancing is particularly important for people in Africa, the most impoverished region in the world. Nigerian AnyTaskers have expressed how significant the platform is for them.
Unemployment in Nigeria is increasing and currently stands at 30% of the population. The minimum monthly wage is about US$80, and access to the global digital economy is difficult because of the reputation Nigerian email fraudsters have created.
Freelancing in Nigeria
"Most freelance platforms, including Fiverr, require PayPal as a way to get paid, but PayPal does not allow Nigerians to receive funds because of all the email scams," said Joseph Ogechukwu. He goes by QikFingers on AnyTask. "And so, we are faced with the difficulty of finding others in other countries to get our payment for us."
"We have achieved many outstanding objectives in the 30 months since our launch after a record-breaking ICO by participants with 120,000. However, we have many years of hard work ahead of us as we aim to be in a well-deserved position among the top 10 cryptocurrencies in terms of utility," concluded Richard Ells.