Airtel, Ecobank launch mobile money in Chad

Airtel Chad has partnered with Ecobank to launch Airtel Money in the West African nation.

Touted as the first Mobile commerce product in the country, the service will allow subscribers to carry out financial transactions on their mobile phones and enhance the delivery of financial services at affordable costs.

The launch ceremony of the new service was held at the Kempinski Hotel in the capital Ndjamena, in the presence of various dignitaries, notably Prime Minister Emmanuel Nadingar, Telecommunicatons Minister Alingue Jean Bawoyeu and members of the diplomatic corps in Chad.

Salia Gbane, CEO of Airtel Chad, said: "This service allows customers to send money to their relatives, pay essential bills such as electricity and water, tuition fees, bookings and even buy groceries without having to carry cash. The phone essentially becomes an electronic wallet.

He added: "This partnership clearly demonstrate the revolutionary role that mobile communications can play in improving the living conditions of the communities that we serve" Gbane said.

Transactions will be very simple and completely secure. All the customer needs is a mobile phone and a personal password whenever he wants to complete a transaction. A simple registration is sufficient to enjoy this service. The client must be an Airtel subscriber, have a valid identification document and fill out a registration form.

Airtel noted that recent studies have suggested that the total value of mobile money transfers in Africa is expected to exceed USD200 billion in 2015 due to the growing confidence of users in the system, coupled with a wide range of services on offer.

Airtel has been rolling out its m commerce service across Africa to current and potential customers, enabling various modes of financial transactions on mobile phones.

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