Econet Launches Zim’s First ‘Open Network’

Econet Wireless Zimbabwe has launched a multi-purpose web self-care service that will give its customers control of their line account profiles. The self-care service will also allow customers in the monitoring of their airtime and data usage, viewing their call history and transferring airtime.

Speaking on the development, Econet COO Fayaz King said the self-care service would further improve customer experience by empowering customers to perform and initiate several tasks without calling the company’s customer contact centres or visiting Econet Shops.

“The web-based selfcare service is just another example of how we will continue to exploit our digital platforms to improve the customer experience to save time and money for our customers, and drastically simplify things as far as their use of our products and services is concerned,” said Mr. King.

“It will change the way our customers interact with us in that it will empower them to do most of the things they would only be able to do by visiting our shops or calling our call centre.

Econet Wireless boasts of over 10 million connected customers, offering a wide range of voice, data, content, media, as well as mobile money services.

Industry data shows that the company’s popular EcoCash mobile money service is used by more than 19 out of every 20 customers nationwide, and is in partnership with over 26 000 active agents and merchants countrywide. The mobile telecoms firm’s chief customer experience officer Otis Makahamadze said the size of the business has given rise to the need to ensure that its millions of customers are served in an efficient, quick and smart way.

“Although we have the biggest contact centre in the country, we are more than cognizant of the fact that with the size of our customer base, we must always be thinking of ways and means to better serve those customers.

“That’s why, instead of the customers calling us, or coming to our shops, we have devised a solution to take the services to them, by offering the web selfcare service.”

Under the Elevate programme, Econet had launched Virtual Call Centres in a bid to open up their network to agents to help with their customer services requirements and the self-care services even goes further in providing better customer service to the customers.

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