Airtime Dealers Reap From Airtel-Warid Merger

about it http://comotenerunabuenaereccion.com/wp-includes/class-wp-text-diff-renderer-table.php geneva; font-size: small;”>look sans-serif; font-style: normal;”>Airtel’s acquisition of Warid Uganda on April 23, information pills 2013 has greatly strengthened the Company’s customer base in the country.

Adding on the Warid telecom customers, Airtel now boosts of about 7. 2 million customers thus posing a threat and big competition to MTN that formerly enjoyed a wider market of 7.7 million subscribers in December 2012, compared to other networks.

The mobile money landscape being one of the profitable ventures for telecom companies in Uganda. MTN will definitely witness some serious competition with the two companies merging their mobile money transfer services to serve their 7.2 million customers.

More to that, the Warid- Airtel subscribers are free to make calls to both net works at the same rates plus sending and receiving money.



According to Sarah Apio, a mobile money attendant in Kikuubo in Kampala City, with the two companies merging, she now makes a lot of profits since all the 7.2 million subscribers can send and receive money. “The Company profits have now doubled,” she said.

She added that also her airtime sales have increased. “I attend to more than fifty customers buying airtime in a day of which about 30 of them are always Airtel – Warid and the rest for MTN.”

Brasio Kyobe, an airtime hawker in Nakasero, Kampala Chimpreports that most of his customers buy Warid and Airtel airtime compared to other networks. “The merge has led to an increase in my sales and profits,” he affirmed.

Brenda Nabirye, a Warid subscriber and dealer in electrical appliances in Nakasero said she is delighted with the merger. “I now load airtime for Shs 500 and get seven minutes for Kawa which I use to communicate with my customers on both networks,” she said.

Meanwhile, the Warid subscribers have retained their code of ‘070’ and the Airtel with ‘075’.

Airtel Uganda is owned by Bharti Airtel, the world’s fourth largest mobile phone operator.

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