Orange and CANAL+ AFRIQUE have signed a partnership on bill payment via mobile phone
PARIS, France, April 19, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ — CANAL+ AFRIQUE and Orange have signed a partnership which offers Canal+/CanalSat subscribers on Africa a way to pay their subscription fees with their mobiles, using Orange’s mobile payment service.
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CANAL+/CANALSAT subscription fee payment using Orange Money will be launched in Madagascar in June 2012, so all Malagasy subscribers who are both CANAL+/CANALSAT and Orange customers with an Orange Money account will be able to pay their subscription fees easily and directly from their mobiles, and enjoy great flexibility and instant delivery on their favourite CANAL+ and CANALSAT programmes.
Orange Money is the mobile phone payment service designed by Orange to meet the needs of its customers in Africa and the Middle East. It provides Orange subscribers with functions such as money transfers from mobile to mobile, paying bills, withdrawal services and cash deposits with networks of registered agents, as well as paying for goods and services with certain businesses.
Orange Money is making life easier for a large number of people in Africa where 60% of the population has a mobile phone but less than 10% has a bank account. It has been launched in nine countries, Botswana, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Mali, Madagascar, Mauritius, Niger and Senegal, and already boasts over 3.5 million customers.
CANAL+ AFRIQUE, present in more than 20 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, provides its subscribers with various formulas for packages of channels, which can be subscribed to once a month by pre-payment or with a subscription using direct debit. The majority of users opt for the prepaid formula which helps them control their spending, but which means they have to go to a retailer to renew their subscription every month. Orange Money will provide more comfort and flexibility for its customers by providing a way for them to pay their bills right where they are and to sign up at any time, with almost instantaneous service activation.
After Madagascar, this mobile payment service will be on offer to CANAL+/CANALSAT subscribers in various African countries where the Orange money service is available by the end of 2012.
Guy Lafarge, President of CANAL+ OVERSEAS, declared: “We are very pleased with this partnership with Orange on mobile payment. With Orange Money, we will provide our subscribers with a new means of payment which is innovative, simple, quick and secure.”
“This agreement with CANAL+ AFRIQUE, a major player in the world of digital content, bears witness to our resolve to continually broaden the range of Orange Money services to make life easier for our customers,” said Marc Rennard, executive director responsible for the Africa, Middle East and Asia zone countries. “Thanks to the different partnerships based around Orange Money, we wish to improve the lives of our customers by providing them with a quick and simple means of accessing all services, on a day to day basis.”
Distributed by the African Press Organization on behalf of Orange.
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About CANAL+ AFRIQUE
CANAL+ AFRIQUE is a subscription satellite television operator in Africa. Present in over 20 countries in Central and West Africa, CANAL+ AFRIQUE sells the CANALSAT package, made up of over 80 TV channels and radio stations, including a great variety of National and private African channels.
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