Zambia:Airtel, bus operators sign deal

JAN 30,2014.


AIRTEL Zambia has entered into a partnership agreement with three passenger transporters that will enable commuters to purchase bus fares through the airtel money service.
Customers who will buy tickets at Mazhandu Family Bus Services, Power Tools and Zambia-Malawi Bus Services (KOBS) using airtel money service will enjoy a K5.00 discount on all routes serviced by the bus companies.
Airtel money is a mobile money platform which allows customers to make payments and other non-cash transactions quickly and easily.
Speaking after signing the agreement in Lusaka yesterday, Airtel Zambia managing director Charity Lumpa said the new partners would enjoy an easy to use and versatile product which is password protected through the advanced security systems on the airtel money platform.
"This partnership is a reflection of the synergies that exist between the bus companies and Airtel Zambia in providing a safe and convenient payment experience," said Lumpa. "This service will facilitate easy and cashless transactions that will also trigger improved security for passengers and the bus companies as well as eliminating revenue leakages."
And Power Tools representative Wilmot Mukwazi said bus operators wanted to be at the forefront in exploiting new ideas and innovative technology to improve service provision to customers.
KOBS Transporters representative Obedy Yowani said the company was constantly looking for ways to improve its customers' experience.
And Mazhandu representative Justin Mazhandu said the partnership had marked a shift of ticket transactions from a cumbersome exercise to a more user-friendly, safe and convenient process.