Airtel Gabon announces strategic partnership with Verifone Mobile Money

airtelAirtel 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.

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.”

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.

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