Thursday, July 30, 2009

Zain Customers In Kenya To Pay for DStv Using Zap

Zain Kenya and Multichoice Kenya have entered into a partnership that will see the pay TV customers pay their bills through Zap. Speaking during the launch, Managing Director Rene Meza said DStv customers will not be charged for paying through Zap.
He said the transaction will be reflected on the DSTV subscriber's account immediately the payment is made. "This partnership marks yet another milestone in the fast evolving world of mobile commerce. We are constantly upgrading the features on Zap to ensure that our customers experience the real benefits of the technological revolution," said Mr. Meza.
Since it was launched three months ago, Zap has registered more than 300,000 customers and has 3,000 dealers countrywide. Currently customers can pay electricity bills and perform a host of banking transactions using Zap. He disclosed that Zain Kenya was in talks with other financial institutions to increase the penetration of the service especially in rural areas.
"Mobile commerce is going to be the way of life in future. We will continue partnering with more players in order to enhance our offering and bring convenience to our subscribers," he said.
Zain customers can sign up for the Zap service by sending an SMS with the word Zap to 455 after which they are provided with a virtual bank account, which allows them to use their mobile phone in much the same way as a debit card. Multichoice General Manager Stephen Isaboke lauded the new partnership, saying it will provide additional touch points for DStv subscribers countrywide. "For a long time, DStv has been exploring for the most convenient way for our subscribers to make their monthly subscription payments. We are glad that Zap from Zain has delivered that solution which will be most welcome to our customers.
As a pioneer of pay-TV in Africa, MultiChoice Africa has continued to deliver cutting-edge technology and unrivalled premium content focused on building an innovative and sustainable business that offers reliable service making it Africa's leading entertainment platform. Through the partnership with Zain, DStv subscribers countrywide will conveniently pay for their DStv services from the comfort of their Zain Mobile phones to ensure they continue enjoying superior viewing experiences of the latest movies, world class sports, news and documentaries.
Through this technological partnership, Kenyans will start enjoying the fruits of the newly landed broadband connectivity since the Zain Zap – DStv pay-bill system will all be automated with data signals confirming payments and connecting DStv subscribers without any human interface. DStv subscribers can expect to get reconnected/ restore their services within maximum of an hour after paying via Zap on a 24 hour basis.
Only last week MultiChoice marked another a significant milestone in making premium pay television an everyday reality for homes in Africa by introducing a 25 channel bouquet for only KES800.

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