Shell Customers can now purchase fuel and other Shell products using MTN Mobile Money. This follows an agreement between Vivo Energy, the operators of Shell in Uganda, and MTN Uganda that will enable customers purchasing products from Shell stations nationwide to pay for the latter’s services using Mobile Money on their phones.
MTN, through its Mobile Money service, has embarked on a series of innovations geared towards transitioning Ugandan’s into a cashless society. With this launch, MTN Mobile Money customers will be able to make transactions for all Shell services at 51 stations countrywide.
As MTN Chief Executive Officer Brian Gouldie noted; “It is yet another step in MTN’s intent towards the creation of a cashless society, where lives are improved through the ease, and convenience of MTN Mobile Money.”
Mobile Money will be used to transact at Shell service stations across Uganda, starting with 51 stations.
“The Mobile Money experience is simple, easy to use, secure and reliable, affording MTN and Shell customers’ the convenience of paying for their fuel or purchases, without having to worry about carrying enough cash. Our vision for Mobile Money is for a solution that drives efficiency, productivity and enhances the lifestyles of our customers through a cashless way of living” said MTN’s General Manager for Mobile Financial Services, Phrase Lubega.
By June 30th 2015, MTN had recorded a 12.8 percent increase in Mobile Money subscribers, from 7.3 million (at the end of 2014) to 8.2 million.
“Vivo Energy is currently running 120 services stations in Uganda and operates across 16 African markets, distributing and marketing Shell branded products. This alliance with MTN affirms Vivo Energy’s commitment to continuously bring innovative solutions to our growing number of customers,” noted Hans Paulsen, the Managing Director, Vivo Energy Uganda.
To use the service, a customer will simply have to talk to a Shell attendant, who will the guide the customer through the steps to complete the transaction.