For Immediate Release
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN- Consumers from Kabul City can now pay their electricity bills through the mobile phones.
At today’s ceremony, CEO of Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS), Afghanistan’s electricity company, Abdul Razeq Samadi announced: “More than 100,000 households in Kabul City who earlier registered under Etisalat’s mHawala mobile money service, can now pay their electricity bills through their mobile phones. Previously, we only sent paper bills to the consumers but now the bills are also sent to their mobiles phones via SMS, making sure that everyone gets it on time.””
Mr. Samadi also inaugurated the newly opened Etisalat mHawala Kiosk located at the DABS Head Office.
The mobile payment service is conjointly undertaken by DABS, Etisalat, and Pashtany Bank. USAID has provided a grant to Etisalat to support the roll-out of this mobile payment service in Kabul.
There are approximately 700-800 customers who come to DABS Head Office to settle their electricity bills every day. Etisalat will install mHawala Kiosks in all the junction offices of DABS in Kabul as well as in six Etisalat’s Flagship stores and nine Shop-in-Shop outlets.
Dr.Ali Asgharzada, Chief Commercial Officer of Etisalat said, "We have distributed about 100,000 SIM cards that are already set-up for the electricity bill payment. In the coming months we will be distributing 200,000 more. We will make sure that every household in Kabul City has access to the mobile electricity bill payment service."
The mobile facility is connected to the Breshna account of a consumer. He or she can also make an over-the-counter payment at any Pashtany Bank branches using Etisalat’s mobile application. "The mobile method is in addition to the current facility in which the customers can also pay their electricity bills at the bank," said Ahmad Shah Zamanzai, Chairperson for Pashtany Bank.
DABS officials said that this facility will be implemented in other provinces such as Herat, Balkh, Nangarhar and Kundoz within the next few months.
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