Bharti Airtel has today announced a partnership with Ecobank to deliver Airtel Money across nine countries where Airtel has operations across Africa. This signing will offer new lease of life to Airtel customers who have business with Ecobank and will give them access to secure, convenient and instant mobile financial services on the go. This partnership is already effective in Burkina Faso, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Niger, Zambia and Kenya and will be rolled out in Gabon and Sierra Leone later this October.
As an Airtel customer, you can now conduct a variety of mobile transactions like deposits and withdrawals from any Ecobank branch, utility bill payments and money back and forth between Airtel Money and Ecobank, bank account visibility, and statements subject to regulatory approval in each market.
“Ecobank is committed to bringing financial services to all Africans including the unbanked and under banked through collaboration with major partner-Telcos like Airtel. All that is required to enjoy this service is an Ecobank account and an Airtel line registered on Airtel Money in markets where regulatory approvals are in place”, said Patrick Akinwuntan, Ecobank’s Group Executive Director, Domestic Bank.
Mr. Akinwuntan commented further that the partnership’s extensive reach affords customer convenience, particularly for cross-border transactions and remittances across Africa.
Director of Airtel Money Africa, Chidi Okpala, said, “This partnership is a further demonstration of Airtel Africa’s commitment to provide affordable, simple and innovative solutions for our consumers across Africa. At Airtel, we will continue to offer locally relevant M-Commerce solutions with more partners like Ecobank in order to enhance the daily lives of our customers.”