July 7, 2013 (Herat, Afghanistan) – Roshan, Afghanistan’s leading total communications provider, today announced an exclusive partnership with Herat Cable Network (HCN) that will enable Roshan customers in that city to pay their cable bills through M-Paisa, Afghanistan’s first mobile money service. This first-of-its kind bill payment service was piloted in Herat earlier in the year, and is now being rolled out commercially to all of HCN’s customers.
Currently, when factoring in travel time and lining up at HCN’s centralized cable office, it can take a customer up to two hours to pay their cable bill. As the sole operator providing this easy-to-use payment solution, Roshan is providing customers with the convenience of paying bills within seconds, at anytime and anywhere.
“A decade ago, when Roshan began operations in Afghanistan, mobile money simply meant moving physical cash. When many thought it would not succeed, Roshan was the first operator to introduce M-Paisa and bring mobile commerce to the country’s people. Since launching in 2008, M-Paisa’s services have expanded significantly, encompassing everything from salary payments to police, to money transfer to merchants, to humanitarian payments. By partnering with Herat Cable Network, Roshan is spurring the flourishing mobile commerce ecosystem, and continuing to fuel Afghanistan’s development and growth,” Karim Khoja, Chief Executive Officer, Roshan, said.
With over 1.2 million registered users and $4 million in salary payments transferred each month, M-Paisa now plays a vital role in Afghanistan’s financial infrastructure. Roshan’s partnership with HCN not only expands this role, but also addresses real customer needs. “I own a shop and it is difficult for me to leave my business. This allows me to keep my shop operating and pay my bill on time,” Ghulam Destageer Sherifi, Customer, Herat, said.
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Roshan (Telecom Development Company Afghanistan Ltd) is Afghanistan's leading total communications provider with nearly six million active subscribers and a network that covers over 230 cities and towns in all of the country's 34 provinces.
Roshan is a true Afghanistan success story, serving as a catalyst for economic growth and actively contributing to the country’s long-term development. Since its inception nine years ago, Roshan has invested over $550 million in Afghanistan and is the country’s single largest investor and taxpayer, contributing approximately five percent of the Afghan government's overall domestic revenue. Roshan directly employs more than 1,200 people, 20 percent of whom are women, and provides indirect employment to more than 30,000 people.
Roshan is deeply committed to Afghanistan’s reconstruction and development. The Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED), part of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), is a major shareholder of Roshan and promotes private initiatives and building economically sound enterprises in the developing world. Also owned in part by Monaco Telecom International (MTI) and TeliaSonera, Roshan brings international expertise to the country and is committed to the highest standards of network quality and coverage for the people of Afghanistan.
Introduced by Roshan in 2008 in partnership with Vodafone, M-Paisa is Afghanistan’s first mobile money transfer service, providing service to 97 percent of the unbanked population in the country. M-Paisa offers safe, secure and fast access to a range of financial services including receipt and payment of microfinance loans, peer-to-peer fund transfer, salary disbursement, purchase of airtime and bill payments. The service facilitates the transfer of funds using a mobile phone through Short Message Service (SMS) and an Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system. The IVR based menu is available to customers in Dari, Pashto and English, an important feature in Afghanistan where 70 percent of the population is illiterate. M-Paisa relies on Roshan’s robust mobile network which spans across 230 cities and towns in all of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces. This allows for the extension of financial services to the mass unbanked population.
To learn more about Roshan visit www.roshan.af or http://www.facebook.com/RoshanConnects.
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