Posted in | 6 February, 2010

Safaricom appoints TransferTo to offer International Airtime Transfer Service

TransferTo, the leading provider of international airtime remittance services today announced the launch of Safaricom’s International Airtime Transfer service. 

With this service, TransferTo enables Kenyans living abroad to send small value transfers to their loved ones in Kenya in the form of prepaid top-ups. Low in cost, high in value, international prepaid mobile top-ups are the ideal complement to money remittances.

Whether the sender is residing in the United Kingdom, in the Gulf region, the USA, Canada or other countries, any Kenyan migrant will be able to recharge the Safaricom PrePay phone of their friends and relatives in Mombasa. Thanks to TransferTo, prepaid airtime transfers to Safaricom customers are performed in real-time, are very convenient and available through multiple channels: POS to Phone, Phone to Phone and Web to Phone.

Available at with payments possible in over 250,000 POS across Europe, the service will also be offered in other regions such as the USA and the Gulf countries (Kuwait, KSA, Qatar, UAE, and others) through TransferTo distribution partners including POS retailers and partner Mobile Network Operators offering Phone to Phone airtime transfer services.

Eric Barbier, TransferTo CEO, said he is “convinced that Kenyans living abroad will find great value in this service enabling them to make instant gifts to their loved ones in Kenya? and added that “the partnership with Safaricom is a strategic and major addition to the TransferTo Global Airtime Remittance Hub?. With Safaricom, TransferTo, a fast growing network, improves its footprint in Kenya and to a larger extent in Africa, confirming its position as the leading provider of global airtime remittance services.

Safaricom, already known as one of the world’s most innovative operators further confirms its position as the leading provider of converged communication solutions in Kenya. “With the launch of International Airtime Remittance, Safaricom shows its commitment to delivering solutions enabling Kenyans living abroad keeping a tight link with their friends and relatives in Kenya? said Peter Arina, Chief Commercial Officer at Safaricom, who added that “working with TransferTo was key to making this service a success, thanks to an extensive network in countries hosting large Kenyan emigrant communities such as the UK, GCC countries and the United States.


About Safaricom

Safaricom offers total communications solutions to a growing clientele in Kenya. With a subscriber base of over 17 million, Safaricom provides a comprehensive range of services under one roof: mobile and fixed voice and data services on a variety of platforms: Kenya?s widest and only 3G network; a growing fibre optic cable footprint and its most expansive WIMAX presence. Safaricom also pioneered commercial mobile money transfer globally through M-PESA, the most successful such service anywhere in the world.