Leading integrated payments processing and transaction switching business focused on Africa, Interswitch, has announced that its business-to-consumer value exchange platform, Quickteller, can now be used to add top up credit to UK mobile phone lines.
With this announcement, Interswitch said Nigerians who travel to the UK will be able to use the international vending service to top up their UK lines directly either from their Nigerian payment card or their bank accounts. The service, which can be accessed on the Quickteller website, is available on all major UK mobile networks including Orange, Three, O2, T-Mobile, EE, Tesco Mobile, Asda Mobile, Lyca Mobile and Lebara.
Based on market research from Interswitch, approximately 49% of respondents travel to the UK at least once a year and of that number, about 41% do not roam with their Nigerian SIM card, meaning they use a UK number when they are in the UK. Almost half of the respondents said they keep their foreign SIM card even after returning to Nigeria, and more than two-thirds indicated a desire to be able to top up their UK numbers from Nigeria. This new service from Quickteller will fulfil that need. Plans are also at an advanced phase to extend this service to South Africa, USA and the UAE.
Mitchell Elegbe, Group Managing Director, Interswitch, said: “This development is symbolic of the fast pace of change happening on the continent. Nigerians will now have the ability to use the Quickteller platform to support their UK travel plans and make staying in touch while abroad easier and more efficient. This is just the latest example of how Quickteller continues to revolutionize the African payments landscape with its multi-channel offerings covering varied services like bill payments, airtime recharge and funds transfer.”
Quickteller is the leading B2C value exchange platform in Nigeria and allows access to services such as airtime recharge, bill payments and funds transfer via Web, Mobile (App & USSD), ATMs, POS and Agents.
There are currently over 3 million active users of the Quickteller platform in Nigeria, making it the most popular online Value Exchange portal in the country.