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Financial inclusion: Smile, IFIS provide alternative services to under-served internet subs

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By Juliet Umeh

Apparently trying to expand its footprint across Nigeria, Smile Communications, said it has collaborated with Interswitch Financial Inclusion Services Limited, IFIS, to make its products and services easily accessible.

The collaboration provides flexibility of payment for everyone, through Quickteller Pay point agent locations across the country, to have access to internet and voice services from the network.

General Manager, Sales and Distribution, Smile, Mr. Onamari Horsfall, said such deal has a combination of making Smile’s products and services easily available and reducing customers’ travel time to purchase a device or airtime.

Horsfall also said the latest collaboration with IFIS further underscores Smile’s unending quest to best serve its customers.

He said Smile launched the first 4G LTE network in West Africa in Nigeria in 2014 and claimed the launch revolutionised the way people access the internet across cities like Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Ibadan, Benin City, Kaduna, Onitsha and Asaba.

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Meanwhile, divisional Chief Executive Officer of IFIS, Titilola Shogaolu, said: “At IFIS, we are not only committed to reducing the financial exclusion gap, we are continuously working to provide convenient services and this latest collaboration is just one of the many ways through which we are achieving this.”

Shogaolu noted: “Interswitch Financial Inclusion Services Limited, trading as Quickteller Paypoint, has been positioned by Interswitch Group to serve as the interconnect point and infrastructure for integrating and delivering financial, non-financial, retail and social services to the unbanked, under-banked and banked. IFIS collaborates with financial service providers, merchants, billers and other organisations that aim to increase their efficiency and outreach through our network of human service interfaces nationwide.

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