MTN Uganda and Fenix International have launched a pay-as-you-go solar power energy solution designed to improve lighting, phone charging and access to energy and telecommunications for Ugandans who lack reliable electricity.
The new product – the ReadyPay Power System – is available using MTN Mobile Money and works like a phone top-up to enable the user to make affordable and flexible payments according to their budget.
Ernst Fonternel, MTN chief marketing officer (CMO), said: “The ReadyPay Power System provides bright, safe, reliable lighting without the risk of using kerosene lamps, and secure phone charging without leaving your own home. It’s easy to set-up, no technician is needed, and comes with an 18 month warranty. This is all thanks to MTN Mobile Money which means customers can make small, affordable payments until they own the system.”
ReadyPay consists of a multifunctional solar power system which includes a solar panel, battery pack featuring two USB ports and two car lighter adapter ports, plus a range of lights and phone charging accessories.
Fonternel said: “The amount one pays determines how long one can access the power. For example, on the most affordable kit, a payment of USh1,000 (US$0.40) will provide power for a day, whilst a larger payment of USh30,000 (US$12) will provide power for a month.”
ReadyPay kits start from USh40,000 (US$16), including seven days of power. The customer then makes top-up payments from USh1,000 (US$0.40) per day to unlock the power until their kit is paid off. After that, owners get power for free.
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