By Spy Uganda
Airtel Uganda has joined forces with Mastercard to introduce a virtual (non-plastic) debit card offering the operator’s customers a safe, convenient and secure platform for online transactions.
Airtel Money customers, even those without a bank account, can now make payments to local and global online merchants that accept Mastercard cards like Netflix, Uber, Amazon, Google Play, Aliexpress, Alibaba. Both companies also said the customer’s financial data is always secure and private.
“Airtel and Mastercard have a shared passion for digital transformation and making mobile financial services accessible to everyone across the country,” said Amit Kapur, chief commercial officer Airtel Uganda. “Airtel Money customers can conveniently do online shopping, pay tuition and subscriptions to their favourite sites and Apps by simply registering for a virtual card through very easy and familiar steps.”
Amnah Ajmal, executive vice president for market development, Mastercard Middle East and Africa added: “Across the MEA region our digital partnerships strategy remains focused on enabling digital transformation for our partners so that their consumers can enjoy seamless access to payments and a superior experience. We are very excited to partner with Airtel to lead the transition to digital by enabling access to their millions of consumers for online and in-person payments across the globe. Mastercard is uniquely positioned as a single technology provider to enable our digital partners like Airtel to transition seamlessly into digital.”
The virtual card is valid for one year and can be deleted by the customer at any time. Customers can also generate a new one immediately. All transactions have a maximum charge of Ush 1,000.
The new card also means Airtel is poised to tap into the customers who already use the Airtel mobile money service but might be having problems making international transactions outside Uganda.