Orange Uganda,(Now Africell Uganda) in partnership with Post Bank and Pride Micro-finance, announces the launch of its mobile payment service Orange Money in Uganda today. This is the first step in a partnership that aims to offer mobile users in Uganda a broad, customer-focused financial service that is specifically designed to reach out to the unbanked population.
Mobile phone customers may open an Orange Money account for free whether or not they have a bank account. Customers can then carry out simple banking operations and transactions in total security.
The three key services include:
- money transfers, where users can send money using their phone to any Orange Money customer in the country;
- basic financial services, including the deposit and withdrawal of cash from a large network of distributors, as well as a simple means to save money;
- payments, giving users a simple way to buy mobile phone credit at any time or place, or to make purchases in Orange shops. In the coming months, customers will also be able to use Orange Money to pay their domestic bills such as water and electricity.
“Orange Money has already been launched by Orange in several other markets across Africa and has a proven track record for its reliability and high-level of security,” said Philippe Luxcey, Orange Uganda CEO.
“By launching this service in Uganda in partnership with Post Bank and Pride Micro-finance, Orange will provide the best possible mobile payment service for our customers,” he explained.
In order to ensure that customers can transfer money reliably and in full security, Orange Uganda has added features that will mitigate the risk of sending money to the wrong people or carrying out unintended multiple transactions. These features include:
- First time confirmation: when sending money for the first time, an Orange Money customer will have to dial a number to confirm the transaction.
- Multiple transaction security: when several transactions are logged within an hour, the customer will receive a message requesting confirmation; failure to confirm will automatically cancel the transactions.
- Specific password management: customers are required to change password to activate the Orange Money service. In addition, customers must enter a personal PIN number in order to access all Orange Money services including balance inquiry.
Orange is the key brand of France Telecom, one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators. With more than 131 million customers, the Orange brand covers internet, television and mobile services in the majority of countries where the Group operates. At the end of 2009, France Telecom had sales of 44.8 billion euros (33.7 billion euros for the first nine months of 2010). At 30 September 2010, the Group had a total customer base of 203 million customers in 32 countries. These include 144.5 million mobile customers and 13.3 million broadband internet (ADSL, FTTH) customers worldwide.