Zimbabwe’s second largest Telecommunications company NetOne has gone all out 100% for electronic airtime.
The electronic airtime recharge drive, introduces 100% paperless Aitime vouchers.
The mobile markets in Africa are for the most part prepaid, with the traditional means of distribution being the sale of scratch cards. It is no secret that this distribution channel has brought its own fair share of challenges and the country has not been spared from this. At the forefront of these challenges is the paper usage environmental issues created by the recharge vouchers.
Electronic airtime service platforms has now addressed this challenge,the Covid-19 pandemic, in as far as it affected the way in which people interact, ultimately affected the patterns of behaviour with regards to airtime top up options. The promotion of social distancing in an effort to reduce the spread of the corona virus, reduced the consumers’ desire for physical airtime top up, in favour of safer contact-less options. Electronic airtime platforms have thus become more and more valuable in today’s life.
The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe – Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) has recently applied measures to curb the abuse of physical airtime vouchers, advocating for 100% use of electronic airtime. This move has encouraged Mobile Network Operators to rethink their airtime distribution models for the convenience of customers. NetOne has been pro-active on this front by providing innovative mobile-oriented solutions that create great experiences for customers.
The organisation is currently on a drive to promote the use of electronic airtime across the market, in an effort to promote a more efficient and convenient way of accessing airtime without limitations.
NetOne has employed various digitised airtime processes that allow for real-time distribution through multiple channels including web, SMS, USSD and application interface.
The first service offering for electronic airtime is through the mobile financial services solution provided by NetOne’s OneMoney. The payments platform allows one to be able to purchase airtime and bundles for themself or others by dialling *111#. The platform allows you to purchase airtime of any amount and gives you access to all of NetOne’s bundle packages.
The greatest advantage of using this platform is that you get a 10% discount with every purchase. A great way of saving if you are rolling on a budget.
This means that we will not be seeing any Vendors on the streets selling any physical NetOne vouchers Airtime.