Ghana - Payment of Domestic Airline tickets made easy by MTN Mobile Money

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MTN Mobile Money subscribers who use Starbow can now purchase their air tickets through MTN Mobile Money. MTN announced the new addition during an interaction with News Editors and senior journalists in the Volta Region.

The forum was to brief journalists on new trends in telecommunications, the drive towards convergence, MTN’s CSR initiatives, as well as the company’s network coverage expansion projects currently underway in the region.

Corporate Services Executive of MTN Ghana, Cynthia Lumor told journalists the purchase of Starbow ticket was a new addition to the Mobile Money portfolio, adding that the process involved customers calling Starbow on 18181 or 0245000000 for booking.

“An invoice is then sent to the customer for payment through MTN Mobile Money wallet or any MTN Service Center," she said.

The Commercial Manager for MTN’s South East Business District, Sam Adjei-Sah told journalists 56% of 3G data capacity available in the commercial towns of Volta region was not being utilized, an indication of low data usage in the region.He therefore encouraged the media to take advantage of the facility to enhance their work.

Adjei-Sah also highlighted the convenience of the MTN Mobile Money Service, particularly during the raining season, stating that: ”during the rainy season it will be difficult to go out to purchase airtime, pay electricity and DSTV bills or transfer money to business partners; but with Mobile Money all these transactions can be done within a few minutes from the comfort of your home or office.”
Payment of Domestic Airline tickets made easy by MTN Mobile Money

The Field Services Manager for the South East Business District of MTN, Nicholas Frimpong, demonstrated some of the services available on MTN’s network, including video calling.

He also highlighted some of the key investments MTN has made in the network to improve quality of service.

They included the relocation of fiber between Agbozume and Ho Junction and the addition of protective mechanisms on the fiber route to minimize voice and data outages; another investment was the introduction of new, high capacity Huawei equipment to replace the existing old ones.

He also emphasized that the investments in the network was being done across the country.

The Volta Regional President of the Ghana Journalists Association, Mr. Victor Kwawukume, expressed appreciation to MTN for the importance it placed on the media, especially those in the region, and urged MTN to organise more capacity building sessions on the telecoms industry to keep the journalists updated of emerging trends.

The program was also attended by members of the MTN Corporate Communications team and MTN’s key distributr in the region. The MTN Corporate Communications team also visited various stakeholders as part of their regional engagements