Posted in | 19 November, 2011

Zantel partners with TransferTo for International Airtime Transfer

TransferTo, an Ingenico company and leading provider of global airtime remittance services, and Zantel, part of Etisalat, a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 18 countries across Asia, the Middle East and Africa, today announced the launch of Zantel’s inbound International Airtime Transfer service enabling Tanzanians to send Zantel prepaid top-ups to their loved ones back home, in Tanzania. 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 UK, in the Gulf region, the USA, Canada or other countries, any Tanzanian migrant will be able to top-up the PrePay phone of their loved ones in Tanzania. All prepaid airtime transfers to Zantel customers are performed in real-time, are very convenient and available through multiple channels: at Point of Sale locations, online or simply via SMS.

Available at TransferTo’s online store,, the service will also be offered across the TransferTop network of partner sending mobile Network Operators and Point of Sale retailers in regions such as GCC and others including countries such as the UK, Canada, and the United States.

Eric Barbier, TransferTo CEO, said “the partnership with Zantel adds great value to the TransferTo Global Airtime Remittance Hub”. With Zantel, TransferTo, a fast-growing network, improves its footprint in Tanzania, with now even more Tanzanians being able to receive the gift of airtime.

“With this innovative service Zantel demonstrates once more its commitment to delivering services responding to its customers needs and expectations. By enabling inbound airtime transfers Zantel will also largely contribute to tightening the ties between Tanzanian expatriates and their friends and relatives in Tanzania.” said Norman Moyo, Zantel’s Chief Commercial Officer (CCO), who added that “working with TransferTo was key to making this service a reality, giving Zantel instant access to the global network of TransferTo sending partners worldwide.”



The Z story is one of investment, one of innovation, one of potential award-winning customer service. But, above all, it is one of growth and the ability to deliver the tremendous benefits of mobile communications in Tanzania. With roots going back to 1999, Zanzibar Telecom Ltd. became a joint venture between The Government of Zanzibar — 18% Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (ETISALAT) — 65% and Meeco International 17%.