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Airtel Mobile Commerce (U) Ltd and TerraPay launch borderless merchant payments

Japhet Aritho, Managing Director, Airtel Mobile Commerce Uganda Limited

KAMPALA, UGANDA: Airtel Mobile Commerce Uganda Limited (AMCUL), in partnership with TerraPay, has introduced seamless cross-border merchant payments within the United Arab Emirates, effective July 21, 2023.

Starting today, anyone accessing any of the seven emirates: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah, will be able to pay for all their goods and services with Airtel Money across over 30,000 merchant locations. Airtel Money is the dedicated mobile money platform for Airtel Africa.

“The launch of this partnership is indeed a timely intervention for the many customers who transverse the UAE to do a number of activities that may range from trading, shopping, and tourism among others. This innovation is, therefore, a firm step in the right direction as we continue to provide an improved customer value proposition to all our customers,” says  Japhet Aritho, Managing Director, Airtel Mobile Commerce Uganda Limited.

Willie Kanyeki, Regional Director – East and Southern Africa, TerraPay, applauded this collaboration citing that through such strategic partnerships, “We not only bolster economic development but also deliver convenient and accessible digital financial solutions to our customers across a broader scope.”

“This collaboration is a clear articulation of our unwavering commitment to partner with mobile financial services like AMCUL and transforms lives through innovative financial solutions like the cross-border merchants’ payments,” he adds. TerraPay is a UK-based company.

Aritho further reiterates Airtel Money’s commitment to fostering inclusive growth by providing safe, convenient, and instant financial solutions to all its customers.

To access cross-border merchants’ payments

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  1. Walk to an onboarded merchant in the UAE to purchase goods and/or services
  2. The merchant initiates the transaction on the PoS terminal by entering the customer’s Airtel mobile no.
  3. The customer will receive a prompt to enter their pin and confirm the transaction
  4. The customer will receive a confirmation SMS once the transaction is done!


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