Leading telecoms operator, Globacom, and global airtime remittance hub, TransferTo, have announced the launch of Glo Mobile International Airtime Transfer service.
The service enables the transfer of small amounts of money, in the form of prepaid airtime credits from any part of the world to a receiver in Nigeria. This makes the service the ideal low cost, high-value complement to money remittances.
Globacom’s Group Chief Operating Officer, Mohamed Jameel, observed that, while Nigerians abroad transfer billions of dollars home annually, they still lack a convenient and cost-effective solution to transfer small amounts of value to their loved ones. “This is the gap Glo Mobile International Airtime Transfer Service is designed to fill,” he stated.
He explained that Nigerian travellers requiring Glo Mobile top-ups while roaming or Nigerian expatriates wishing to send gift of airtime to their friends and relatives will be able to perform cross-border top-ups through the service.
“This they can do real-time from the convenience of a mobile phone through SMS, via the net by visiting TransferTo’s webstore or through partner mobile operators and retailers offering airtime transfer services powered by TransferTo in countries such as the USA, United Kingdom, Canada, Saudi Arabia, UAE, France, Spain, Germany, South Africa, Netherlands and Japan”.
“With International Airtime Transfer, we are confirming our commitment to delivering solutions to meet customer needs in and across our borders”, said Jameel, who added that “partnering with TransferTo was key to making this service a success. The partnership enables Glo to expand its distribution internationally and reach the very important Nigerian emigrant segment,” the GCOO concluded.
Eric Barbier, Chief Executive Officer of TransferTo, said he is “convinced that the service will be of great value for Glo Mobile users” and added that “the partnership with Glo Mobile is a key addition to TransferTo’s global airtime remittance hub that further improves its offering to Nigerian travellers and expatriates. With Glo Mobile, TransferTo further improves its footprint in Africa, thus confirming its position as the leading provider of international top-up services.
Industry analysts believe Glo Mobile International Airtime Transfer service will be a huge success given that Nigerians travel frequently and millions of Nigerians live and work in countries around the globe.