NetOne launches OneMoney plat­form in Byo

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Worldwide - Kiyapili Sibanda

STATE-OWNED mo­bile telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion op­er­a­tor, NetOne, has ex­tended its mo­bile money ser­vice cam­paign to Bu­l­awayo with the launch of its OneMoney plat­form set for today.

NetOne, which is cel­e­brat­ing its 21st an­niver­sary this year, has re­branded its OneWal­let plat­form to OneMoney, which can be linked to any ZimSwitch linked debit card.

NetOne act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer (CEO) Mr Brian Mu­tandiro said they have adopted a model used by Kenya’s Sa­fari­com mo­bile money M-pesa and would do a pre-launch of the new prod­uct at Sekusile Shops in Nku­lumane.

“To show you that we have in­deed im­proved from OneWal­let plat­form, we have put in place a great plat­form that we are now us­ing. It is the same plat­form used by Sa­fari­com for M-pesa. M-pesa is one of the suc­cess sto­ries when it comes to mo­bile money. It is the same sim­i­lar plat­form we are rid­ing on,” he said.

“We will be launch­ing in Bu­l­awayo on the 10th of Novem­ber. On that par­tic­u­lar day we are ac­tu­ally start­ing with an ac­tiv­ity at Sekusile Shops in Nku­lumane. We will have our pre-launch ac­tiv­i­ties there start­ing from 11AM to 4PM. We are call­ing for peo­ple of Bu­l­awayo to come as we will be telling peo­ple about OneMoney and also get­ting feed­back from our cus­tomers.”

He told Busi­ness Chron­i­cle that cus­tomers would see the value of this plat­form as they would of­fer lower trans­ac­tions. In com­par­i­son with other mo­bile money ser­vice providers OneMoney charges as lit­tle as $0.05 per trans­ac­tion, Tele­cash is $0.11 the same amount that Eco­cash charges when trans­act­ing to regis­tered numbers. Mr Mu­tandiro said be­fore year end their tar­get was to cover all the five zones in the re­gion as they have done with Zone 1 (Harare).

He also said their OneFu­sion prod­uct has helped in­crease sub­scribers by over 500 000. NetOne has launched six new prod­ucts as it seeks to trans­form it­self from be­ing a mo­bile ser­vice provider to an all-round telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions out­fit that of­fers voice, video, In­ter­net, mo­bil­ity, iptv and other ap­pli­ca­tions. The prod­ucts in­clude Khu­luma 24/7, OneRa­dio, One-Fi and OneCliq, OneCover and One Tech. — @Kiyaz_Cool.

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