Zantel launches international airtime transfer

Tanzanians living abroad can now send prepaid top-ups to Zantel users in the country.

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Zantel launches international airtime transfer Tanzanian telco Zantel's partnership with TransferTo will enable the operator to offer airtime transfer service in over 40 countries globally.
By  Nithyasree Trivikram Published  July 25, 2011

Zantel, the Tanzanian operation of the Etisalat Group, has launched an airtime transfer service that will enable its prepaid customers to receive airtime from relatives and friends living outside the country.

The operator has partnered with TransferTo, an international airtime payment service provider, to offer this service in over 40 countries globally.

Brian Karokola, marketing director of Zantel said: "This is a convenient and affordable airtime transfer service that is easy-to-use, anytime and anywhere."

The airtime transfer service enables Zantel customers to be able to recharge their phones using multiple channels such as phone-to-phone, web-to-phone and Point of Sale (POS)-to-phone.

Eric Barbier, CEO of TransferTo, said that all prepaid airtime transfers to Zantel customers are performed in real-time, and are available through various channels such as Point of Sale (PoS) locations, online or via SMS. "Whether the sender is residing in the UK, in the Gulf region, the US, Canada or other countries, any Tanzanian living in these countries will be able to top-up the prepaid phones of their loved ones in Tanzania."

While Zantel contends with TTCL in fixed line, there are at least seven mobile networks in the country including Bharti Airtel, Vodacom and Tigo.

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