No More Airtime Scratch Cards in Rwanda

No More Airtime Scratch Cards in Rwanda

MTN Rwanda has announced that it will phase out the
sale and distribution of physical airtime vouchers as of February 15th,
2020.

Airtime will only be purchased and loaded through
MTN’s digital Electronic Recharge Service (ERS) or MTN Mobile Money (MoMo).
This is in their quest to continue to lead the digital agenda for a brighter
Rwanda and more importantly contribute to the country’s green growth.

Commenting on the decision to go wholly digital,
MTN’s Chief Sales and Distribution Officer, Norman Munyampundu said, “MTN is
set to deliver on its promise of leading digital and providing superior
customer experience by investing in digital distribution platforms.

The electronic recharge system and Mobile Money,
both offer a reliable, efficient and highly convenient experience for
subscribers to Top-up their accounts in real time within seconds. These digital
platforms have outdone the traditional way for recharging accounts through
Scratch cards and have instead provided a more flexible and effective way.”

ERS is designed to ensure security and convenience
of Airtime stock to the Resellers and provides an all-time availability of
Top-up anywhere, anytime for MTN’s Subscribers. The fully automated recharge
system will cater for general consumers, corporations and distribution
partners. Additionally, Mobile Money (MoMo) which has grown significantly in
its usage, provides another convenient way for customers to top up directly by
themselves.

MTN’s sustainability vision is to protect and
create shared value for the company and stakeholders through responsible
environmental and social practices. By completely shifting airtime top-up to
digital, MTN will be fulfilling its commitment of environmental protection.

“We support societies and transform enterprises by
offering digital solutions that create greater socio-economic and environmental
value. Not only can customers use ERS to purchase airtime, but they can use
MoMo as well. This will help us achieve a truly digital and cashless society,”
said Mitwa Ng’ambi, MTN’s CEO.