Why we launched UNIVASA: Bemas Technology
By Kokumo Goodie, Lagos, Nigeria
The inability to top-up phones of loved ones abroad instantly, conveniently and securely from a single platform, unavailability of a unified voucher that can be used across any network and telecom dealers/business owners’ inability to generate vouchers from a single platform are some of the reasons an indigenous tech firm, Bemas Technology Limited, launched the UNIVASA Mobile E Top-Up solution.
Speaking during the launch of the product in Lagos, Chief Consultant to the firm, Ben Adeniyi, said UNIVASA is a product of research and development (R&D) in partnership with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) which provided the (*578#) code and regulatory environment, telcos such as Globacom, MTN, Airtel, 9mobile, Zenith Bank and ANXA Mansard to provide insurance cover for transactions.
He said: “The importance of airtime on a prepaid phone cannot be over-emphasised; it is critical for the growth of any prepaid service provider to offer many, quick and easy ways for its customers to recharge their prepaid account. Since prepaid businesses for mobile and other service providers are rapidly growing world-wide, the volume of transactions too becoming very large, hence the need for more channels for distribution."
In his welcome address, the Chairman of Bemas Technology Nigeria Limited, Engr Kola Balogun, said the latest innovative product from the stable of the firm, the UNIVASA Mobile E-Top Up, would promote small, medium enterprises (SMEs) and enhance seamless possibilities through its various channels in managing airtime top up.
Represented an Executive Director in the firm, Lekan Anlugbua at the unveiling of the product at the Civic Centre, Lagos, the chairman said the platform provided robust opportunities for consumers to be connected to all the mobile telecommunications networks in the country and abroad, adding that it also allows friends, lovers, workers and many others to flexibly share call credits.
“We offer unmatched benefits to consumers, dealers, corporate organisations and their workers,” Engr Balogun said.
Adeniyi said it not only offers flexibility to over 400 operators in 130 countries across the world, but also allows dealers/business owners to generate a unified voucher that can be used in any network.
According to him, the UNIVASA Pin can be used by all the telcos in the country, stressing that the platform is secured with end to end encryption while a one-time password (OTP) has to be sent.
He identified the five consumption channels for UNIVASA to include WEB2RECHARGE, USSD2RECHARGE, API2RECHARGE, FLASH2RECHARGE and APP2RECHARGE.
On WEB2RECHARGE, he said users could visit the firms’ website to register a one-time secured account and top up airtime anywhere, anytime to any prepaid phone around the world instantly while for the USSD2RECHARGE, the app would need to be downloaded directly to Android or iOS device from Google play store and Apple store respectively.
API2RECHARGE, FLASH2RECHARGE and APP2RECHARGE will have the Univasa Top Up API embedded in web or other app which can be used in vending of airtime mobile top ups, with USSD code-*578#, other user friendly options will provided and by dialing 014407000 and recharge will be made respectively.