Bemas Technologies, an Information Technology firm has launched its mobile electronic top-up platform aimed to ease communication among Nigerians, within the country and abroad.
Mr. Kola Balogun, Chairman of Bemas Technologies, said this during a news conference to unveil UNIVASA, in Lagos.
Represented by Mr. Lekan Anlugbua, Executive Director of Bemas Technologies, Balogun said that the platform provided opportunities for customers to be present in all the mobile telecommunications networks in Nigeria and abroad.
He said that the electronic top-up segment was a competitive market; hence, the firm had added a number of things to make its platform unique and different from others.
According to him, UNIVASA uniquely offers the flexibility of sharing call credits amongst friends and loved ones.”We offer unmatched benefits to consumers, to dealers and to businesses and their staff.Our aim is to reach our target audiences in the coming days, weeks and months and enlightening them on the features, benefits and uniqueness of this platform”, he said.
Mr Ben Adeniyi, Managing Director of Bemas Technology, said that the importance of airtime on a prepaid phone cannot be over-emphasised.
Adeniyi said that it was critical for the growth of any prepaid service provider to offer many, quick and easy ways for its customers to recharge their prepaid accounts.
”Since prepaid businesses for mobile and other service providers are rapidly growing world- wide, the volume of transaction is very large, hence the need for more channels for distributions,” he said.
According to him, there has been inability to top-up phones of loved ones abroad instantly, conveniently and securely from a single platform.
He said that there had been a challenge of unavailability of a unified voucher that could be used across any network.
According to him, the purpose of UNIVASA is to ease the mobile top up experience of the Nigerian users. “This is very different from what the banks have, because the banks are only targeting the banked without the unbanked. The unbanked is about 50 per cent and UNIVASA is targeting the unbanked and the banked”.
Another purpose for setting up the UNIVASA platform is to enable those that travel abroad to top-up their phones wherever they are.
We support 400 operators in 130 countries of the world and what that simply means is that you can be anywhere in any country and you can top-up your phone without necessarily bordering about the roaming charges heavily incurred by consumers, he said.
Adeniyi added that all that was required was for the telecommunications consumer to download the UNIVASA app. He said that the user would have to transfer some money into the UNIVASA wallet, from which airtime would be bought.