’Katiti’ Mobile Airtime Distribution Service Launched in Namibia

Paratus Telecom has diversified its offering by launching a new mobile airtime distribution service called “Katiti”.

The service runs on Nomanini’s cloud-based mobile point of sale platform and is designed to be used by informal traders and budding entrepreneurs.

John D’Alton, MD, Paratus Telecom Namibia, explains: “We wanted to bring something new to the market – something that would not only benefit us, and the millions of people who use prepaid phones, but that would also give entrepreneurial individuals an opportunity to supplement their incomes.”

Local vendors are given a brightly coloured and virtually indestructible terminal, or “business in a box” from which they can sell prepaid airtime vouchers. The platform is cloud-based, so vendors simply ‘upload’ airtime when they have internet access. The beauty of the system is that reselling doesn’t require any connectivity or even electricity. The vendor simply selects the type and amount of airtime to be sold and a voucher is printed within seconds.

The device’s battery lasts for five days and is fully charged after just eight hours – ideal for rural areas or places where electricity access is unreliable.

Vahid Monadjem, CEO, Nomanini said: “This launch is so exciting for Nomanini. Namibia is the tenth African country that we have forged a partnership in, and we look forward to embarking on the journey with John and his team.”

Nomanini was recently selected as a finalist for this year’s DAC prize in the category: Taking Development Innovation to Scale. Among the factors that impressed the judging panel was the prospect of better service delivery at lower cost for the poor in Africa, enhanced transparency of micro-payments, and the potential to scale quickly.

Nomanini is a South African-based mobile Point of Sale service for facilitating cash transactions in emerging markets. With its rugged point of sale terminals and highly scalable, cloud-based backend, enterprises are able to efficiently distribute prepaid mobile and electricity vouchers and facilitate micropayments in frontier markets across Africa and beyond. Nomanini has signed partnerships in Kenya, Nigeria, Zambia and Mozambique with active terminals processing over a million transactions in those regions, including South Africa.

Paratus Telecom was founded as Internet Technologies Namibia in 2005 and was the first privately and 100 per cent wholly-owned Namibian telecoms operator. Since inception, Paratus Telecom has established a prolific network across all of Namibia, with additional points of presence in Johannesburg (South Africa), Lisbon (Portugal) and London (UK).

Source : CIO East Africa