Botswana Telecommunications Corporation Limited (BTC) recently launched its revamped mobile money wallet, SMEGA, offering consumers a unique and reliable facility to easily transact from the comfort of their homes and on the go.

SMEGA offers the convenience to transact using Botswana’s fastest and widely available network covering over 90 percent of the country, thus also making it convenient for travellers venturing into remote places where there are no ATMs or banks.

Said Chief Commercial Officer, Edward Wicks: “SMEGA was inspired by the need to offer our customers a one-stop channel for all mobile financial services. In this regard, our mobile money is a very user-friendly channel that gives customers a convenient way of transacting from the palm of their hands. SMEGA is for everyone and anyone. The only requirement for one to enjoy the service is that that one must be a BTC mobile subscriber.”

SMEGA enables users to transfer money to other SMEGA customers and even non-registered individuals who will receive a pass code that they can present at any BTC outlet to redeem and receive money sent to them. Subscribers can also buy airtime and data, either for themselves or for other BTC Mobile prepaid numbers. A subscriber can also receive money into their SMEGA wallet, buy prepaid electricity and pay water and BTC bills for both mobile and fixed lines. Business clients, especially SMEs, are also catered for through the bulk payment service that enables them to pay staff wages and travel allowances, as well as disburse petty cash directly into employees’ SMEGA wallets.

Wicks said this offers the business the convenience of paying employees directly without the need to handle large sums of cash on their premises, which can present a huge security risk to the business. He was upbeat that with SMEGA, businesses can automate payments and not have to worry about the paperwork related to issuing cash and cheque payments to their employees.