April 19, 2016

Mobile top-ups on Telecel Zimbabwe network now available for international purchase through Prepay Nation

Storefronts across North America, Europe and the Middle East now offering carrier’s products for instant international airtime transfer to subscribers in Zimbabwe

Berwyn, PA, April 19, 2016 — Prepay Nation, a leading provider of cross-border prepaid mobile airtime transfers, has partnered with Telecel Zimbabwe to make its mobile airtime top-ups available for purchase at its full network of nearly 200,000 store fronts across North America, Europe and the Middle East.

Zimbabwe has strong skilled and non-skilled diaspora populations in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and the United States who regularly send money back home to sustain their families. Remittances from Zimbabweans abroad approach $2 billion annually, but most expats lack options when it comes to supporting their loved ones. Traditional money transfer is often expensive for small values and frequently requires a bank account, something many new immigrants do not have.

This new partnership between Telecel and Prepay Nation will bring the ability to purchase instant, no-fee airtime transfers on the Telecel Zimbabwe network to millions of eager Zimbabweans across the globe, who can use it to top-up the phones of their friends and family and keep them connected to vital telecom resources at all times. Immigrants the world over have shown a remarkable and growing preference for airtime transfers, as mobile phones become increasingly vital in daily life and business, and traditional money transfer remains fraught with fees and inconvenience.

“Telecel is happy to partner Prepay Nation in providing international airtime,” commented Obert Mandimika, Communications and Branding Director for Telecel Zimbabwe. “The online airtime platform that Prepay Nation brings to the partnership is important, as it adds convenience and allows relatives and friends in the diaspora to purchase airtime on behalf of their loved ones, taking advantage of the huge diaspora community Zimbabwe has to offer.”

VP of Business Development for Prepay Nation, Hervé Perrin, added, “Telecel Zimbabwe is perfectly positioned to reap huge benefits from our global network of retailers, situated in the midst of their largest global emigrant populations around the world. We are excited to bring these airtime products to these eager and supportive consumers, and to continue driving the evolution of cross-border support towards the convenience, affordability, and peace of mind that airtime transfer brings.”

Telecel Zimbabwe Ltd

Telecel is the first cellular network operator in Zimbabwe based on Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM). The company was launched with 500 lines during the World Solar Summit in September 1996 in Harare. Telecel’s main focus and objective was to introduce and offer mobile cellular telecommunications to complement the fixed line telecommunication services offered by PTC. Since then, service has been extended to all cities, towns, tourist resorts, mining, farming and rural areas. Telecel boasts of the widest coverage in Zimbabwe. For more information, visit www.telecel.co.zw.