Bharti Airtel Starts First Cross-Border Mobile Money Transfer in Niger

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Telecom giant Bharti Airtel today launched a cross-border money transfer service for its mobile wallet customers in Niger — a first in the country by a telecom company.

Niger will join three other African countries – the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Zambia and Rwanda – where the company is already offering the service through Airtel Money. Through this, customers can transfer money, facilitate remittances, the company said in a statement.

Airtel Money has over 37,000 active Airtel Money agents and over 10 million registered customers across the four countries to support the money transfer service.

In addition to these countries, mobile money customers in Ivory Coast and Benin will be able to send money to and from Niger through a partnership between Airtel and MTN.

Source: The Economic Times (link opens in a new window)

remittances, telecommunications