Airtel Gabon, the first mobile operator in Gabon has partnered with Verifone Mobile Money to launch contactless mobile payments using NFC technology. A pioneer in terms of technological innovation, Airtel is the first operator to deploy the latest generation of NFC technology for its Airtel Money subscribers in Gabon. The contactless mobile payment facilitates transactions by allowing users to make purchases, deposits and withdrawals by simply passing their phone over an electronic terminal, through the adoption of internationally recognized standards allowing secure transactions from a customers mobile wallet.
An innovative service to boost local trade
Contactless payments provide Airtel customers and partners with an attractive, secure, and frictionless payment service. Airtel Money has been providing communication services to the 9 provinces of Gabon for over 4 years, with a global customer base of over 700,000 subscribers and 6,000 points of sale across partners, Engen, Total, Ecobank, CANAL, SEEG, and more.
NFC technology is a major growth driver for mobile money services, in the coming years and Airtel can be proud to be on the frontlines of this technology after launching Airtel Money in 2012. Pascal N’nah Oyono, the Director of Airtel Money, said “the launch of contactless payments confirm the desire of Airtel to provide an innovative service that simplifies the daily lives of our customers and boosts the local economy.”
How does contactless payment work?
To benefit from this solution, customers can visit any Airtel store or agency, and be provided with their own NFC tag. After a few clicks the service will be active, users just need to load credit onto their Airtel Money account, turning their phone into a digital wallet. The tap-and-pay is used at all merchants accepting contactless payments, simply tap your NFC tagged mobile on a payment terminal accepting contactless payments. “The NFC solution fits perfectly with our strategy to simplify and secure the use of mobile services. We look forward to a new stage with the deployment of this service to our subscribers Gabon” said Alain Kahasha, CEO of Airtel Gabon.
About Bharti Airtel
Bharti Airtel Limited is a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa. Headquartered in New Delhi, India, the company ranks amongst the top 4 mobile service providers globally in terms of subscribers. In India, the company’s product offerings include 2G, 3G and 4G wireless services, mobile commerce, fixed line services, high speed DSL broadband, IPTV, DTH, enterprise services including national & international long distance services to carriers. In the rest of the geographies, it offers 2G, 3G wireless services and mobile commerce. Bharti Airtel had over 312 million customers across its operations at the end of December 2014. To know more please visit, www.airtel.com
About Airtel in Africa
Airtel is driven by the vision of providing relevant and innovative mobile services to all. Airtel has 15 operations in Africa: Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Republic of the Congo, Gabon, DRC, Kenya, Malawi, Madagascar, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. Airtel International is a Bharti Airtel company. For more information, please visitwww.airtel.com or ‘like’ the Airtel Seychelles Facebook page via http://africa.airtel.com/seychelles/ or follow us on Twitter via the handle @www.twitter.com/airtel_sc
About Verifone Mobile Money (www.verifonemobilemoney.com)
Verifone Mobile Money is a joint venture between Verifone Systems Inc. and Youtap Limited to provide complete mobile money solutions designed to meet the needs of mobile operators for telco-based money transfer and payment services in emerging markets. VeriFone Mobile Money offers a complete mobile money solution for mobile money providers in emerging markets. In addition to mobile money transfer services, VeriFone Mobile Money delivers quick and easy mobile money payment acceptance at the point-of-sale through VeriFone Inc.’s range of secure biometric and contactless payment acceptance devices.