Wataniya begins offering prepaid airtime transfer in Kuwait

Wataniya's W-Charger Service makes use of Nokia’s SMS Recharge and BalanceTransfer, solutions that permit prepaid subscribers to transfer money between prepaid accounts.

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By  Tawanda Chihota Published  July 11, 2005

Prepaid subscribers at Kuwait mobile operator Wataniya Telecom are now able to transfer balances on their prepaid accounts through a service called W-Charger. The application is built on the Nokia Connect eRefill platform, which increases the availability and convenience of prepaid recharging for subscribers and reduces the costs of prepaid processing compared to traditional voucher-based solutions. This end-to-end solution also includes comprehensive system integration and related services. "Through our cooperation with Nokia we are able to deliver novel solutions to our subscribers that make mobile communications easier and more affordable," says Timo Everi, director, sales and marketing, Wataniya Telecom. "We believe that SMS-based solutions for selling prepaid credits and transferring credits within families will enjoy success in the Kuwaiti market.” Wataniya's W-Charger Service makes use of Nokia’s SMS Recharge and BalanceTransfer, solutions that permit prepaid subscribers to transfer money between prepaid accounts. Wataniya has already appointed a reseller channel to make prepaid recharging via SMS readily available. Wataniya has no immediate plans to extend its W-Charger service to contract subscribers, where contract subscribers would be able to send airtime to prepaid subscribers. More than 80% of Wataniya’s installed subscriber base in Kuwait is prepaid. Nokia and Wataniya started cooperation on infrastructure earlier this year. In May Nokia announced it would supply Wataniya a wide variety of products and technologies to enhance the operator's 2G and 3G networks and to enable Wataniya to offer advanced mobile services to its subscribers.

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