Monday, 24 June 2013

Tigo customers to send/receive money, buy airtime using ATMs


ICT minister Nsengimana speaking at the launch of Tigo-Matic. He lauded the innovation, saying it will boost efforts to promote a cashless economy. 
Tigo has launched Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) where customers will be able to buy airtime, recover their SIM cards (SIM swap) as well as send or receive money around the clock.

The Tigo-Matic ATMs are the first of its kind in Africa and Rwanda specifically.

“This is a smart innovation that promotes the digital lifestyle we want Rwandans to adopt,” said Jean Philbert Nsengimana, the youth and ICT minister. “I would like to thank banks and telecom firms for partnering to ensure we move towards a cashless and paperless economy with financial inclusion.”

The minister added that the government seeks to move the country from an agricultural-based economy to an information-based one through the use of innovations like Tigo-matic. The telecom firm has so far installed two Tigo-matic ATMs at the Muhima and Nyabugogo service centres.

Diego Camberos, the firm’s chief executive officer, said the innovation would usher Rwandans to a new digital lifestyle, adding that the ATMs would save subscribers’ time and are convenient.

“Implementing this solution is part of our strategy to meet the ever growing expectations of subscribers,” Camberos said.


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