Airtel Africa and Oberthur Technologies have launched near field communication (NFC) contactless payments in Kenya, Tanzania and Gabon. Oberthur has developed both the NFC SIM and m-commerce security solutions, which are to be deployed across 15 African affiliates, enabling mobile subscribers to pay for goods and services with their mobile phones.
“As a pioneer of innovation in Africa, the new Airtel Africa NFC service enhances our users’ experience. The payment process was made even simpler by waving the NFC-enabled SIM and handset in front of the payment terminal to complete a transaction in a matter of seconds. Any non-technical or non-experienced user can use the new service,” said George Held, director of products and innovation, Airtel Africa.
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