NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 15 – Airtel Kenya has introduced a new offer to its Airtel Money users that enables them to make calls to any network in Kenya at Sh2 per minute.
From Thursday, Airtel money customers on the prepaid platform will access the low call rate for seven days on any transaction to the value of Sh100 or more including sending and receiving money, paying bills like water, electricity, travel, DSTV, and bank transactions from their phone.
Airtel Kenya managing director Shivan Bhargava said the move was aimed at encouraging more customers to the money transfer platform and increase its market share.
“This new rate will reward our Airtel Money Customers with affordable calls to all networks besides our current offer that enables Airtel Money customers to send money to any network in Kenya for free,” Bhargava said during the launch of the offer on Thursday.
“This is not a promotion but is here to stay. It’s a commitment we are making to our customers,” he emphasized.
He maintained that Airtel Money transactions will still be at no costs despite the introduction of 10 percent taxation on mobile money transfer transactions by the Treasury last year.
The company plans to grow the number of its agents countrywide to 15,000 by the end of this year from the current 10,000.
“This is yet another great stride in the company’s commitment to further deepen financial inclusion, accessibility and affordability of our quality products and services to the people of Kenya,” he said.
Some of the financial institutions which have partnered with Airtel Money to provide various financial services include Uchumi Supermarkets, Nakumatt, Tuskys, Muramati Sacco, Housing Finance, Cooperative Bank, Equity Bank and Faulu Bank.
Customers can also withdraw money from their Airtel Money accounts at any Pesa Point countrywide without necessarily using their ATM cards.