By Moses Nosike
Leading mobile operator, Zain Nigeria has commenced another phase of its designed
Fixed Payphones rollout across the country to increase access to a more affordable telecommunication service to more Nigerians.
The new rollout of the fixed payphone terminals in designated public locations is aimed at breaking barriers to communication in several locations in the country as well as empowering more Nigerians to communicate regardless of their income level, location, social status and age, according to Zain Marketing Director, Mostafa Younes.
Speaking on the planned deployment, Mostafa Younes, said the rollout is part of the companyâ€™s robust plan to help Nigerians improve on its universal access and rural connectivity rating and on the number of Nigerians that can afford telecommunications services.
He said, Zain Fixed Payphones is being used as a platform by the company to bring tangible benefits to Nigerians and to enable customers experience the Zain brand.
Younes added that with Zain Fixed Payphones, people in various locations in the country, especially students, residents and workers in areas where the use of mobile phones is restricted, will now have access to more affordable telephony services.
The service can also be used by people who do not immediately have airtime on their mobile phones, rural dwellers, new customers on the Zain network and customers who do not have the financial means to purchase handsets. Interestingly, users of Zain fixed payphones do not require handsets as their special SIM cards will enable them access any fixed payphone terminal across the country, he said.
He further noted that the move, which was the first by any GSM operator in the country, will go a long way in breaking barriers to communication services while reducing the cost of becoming a GSM subscriber as it offers customers with unique phone numbers, PIN and PUK with access to voice calls and SMS.
â€œWe are seeking to deploy the phones in different locations such as the prisons (pan – Nigeria), model markets, bus/motor parks, high foot traffic bridges (e.g. the millennium bridges in Lagos), shopping malls, Zain shops, beside ATM machines, federal and state secretariats, barracks, etc.â€ Younes said