Posted in | 17 February, 2010

Wataniya Telecom offers TransferTo international airtime remittance services

Wataniya Telecom, the leading telecommunications provider in Kuwait serving up to 40% of the country mobile customers, has successfully launched in partnership with TransferTo innovative cross borders top-up service.

International workers, travellers and visitors who are using Wataniya prepaid cards in Kuwait, may now recharge the prepaid mobile phone of their relatives back home. To perform an international top-up, the sender simply needs to SMS 1919 with the selected amount denomination and destination number. The transaction is processed in real-time through TransferTo secure platform; both sender and receiver are immediately notified by SMS.

“We are pleased to have Wataniya Telecom as our first client in Kuwait. The Wataniya service branded “international top-up service” enables the strong communities of international workers in Kuwait to transfer airtime to reload the prepaid phones of their family and friends in India, Egypt, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Jordan, Indonesia and the Philippines” said Eric Barbier.

TransferTo operates a global airtime remittance network interconnecting the mobile operators’ prepaid users. Airtime remittance enables international workers to send micro value amounts which are in turn generating significant local value for an increasing number of recipients.

“We are pleased to top up our customers’ mobile experience with convenience and flexibility”, Says Juha Petri Korhonen, Wataniya Telecom Marketing director. “With International top up service, Wataniya is now proposing an ideal solution to complement its expatriate subscribers’ regular money remittances, by enabling easy, real time and secure sending of small value amounts to friends and family members back home, securing a round the clock connection”.

Thanks to TransferTo, mobile operators, retailers, banks and money transfer, companies can offer an innovative and differentiating service to their ethnic segment — an underserved market with a high telecom spending usage.

With more than 100 migration corridors fully covered over 5 continents, TransferTo is a leading global player in the international airtime remittance space.


About Wataniya Telecom

Wataniya Telecom was commercially launched in 1999 as the first privately owned operator in Kuwait. In March 2007, Qatar Telecom (Qtel) acquired 51% of Wataniya Telecom shares.

Wataniya is a customer driven company that aims to provide product and service excellence that is leading to a real customer value… The company has been a driving force in increasing the mobile market penetration in Kuwait (over 80%) Wataniya Telecom has grown rapidly through acquisitions and enjoys a remarkable expansion in MENA & ASIA. Driving operations in Kuwait, Maldives, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Algeria and in Palestine.


About The Qtel Group

Based in Qatar, The Qtel Group is a diversified telecommunications group with three business lines including consumer telephony, consumer broadband and corporate managed services, and is committed to expansion in line with the company’s strategic vision of becoming a global top 20 telecommunications provider by the year 2020. Over the past three years, Qtel has expanded its geographic footprint from 2 to 17 countries within the Middle East and Asia, with more than 52 million customers. For more information, please visit: