Airtel Africa a global telecommunications services provider with operations in 14 countries across Africa, and Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (“ETI”) (Ecobank.com), the parent company of Ecobank the leading pan-African banking group operating in 33 countries, have inked a deal which will allows millions of Airtel Money and Ecobank customers across Africa to facilitate their access to mobile financial services and complete a variety of mobile transactions.
This collaboration, with the regulatory approval in each market, will allow Airtel Money customers, through Ecobank’s digital financial services ecosystem to do online deposits and withdrawals, effect real time domestic and international money transfers, make in-store merchant payments, and access loans and savings products amongst others.
The partnership will also enable Ecobank corporate account holders to do major disbursements, such as payroll payments, directly into Airtel Money customer wallets. Furthermore, Ecobank will also be able to sponsor Airtel Money to issue both virtual and physical debit and pre-paid cards to Airtel Money customers.
The CEO for Airtel Africa, Raghunath Mandava, said, “This partnership is a further demonstration of Airtel Africa’s commitment to provide affordable, simple and innovative solutions for our consumers across Africa. We will continue to offer locally relevant M-Commerce solutions with partners like Ecobank in order to enhance the daily lives of our customers.”
The Ecobank Group CEO, Ade Ayeyemi, stated, “We believe that financial inclusion can ultimately contribute to economic development, collaborating with major telecommunications providers in Africa is therefore a key strategic driver towards closing the gap between the banked and the underbanked. Hence this partnership with Airtel Africa which makes Ecobank financial services available to any Airtel line registered on Airtel Money, in our markets where regulatory approvals are in place. This potential extensive reach will further provide convenience to customers, intra-country and particularly for cross-border transactions and remittances across Africa.”