- Service at the finger tips for 35 lakh+ UPPCL customers across 73 towns in UP-East
- Additional option to pay bills via Vodafone mPesa App and Portal or by dialing *400#
- M-pesa Digital Wallet to enable instant electricity bill payments
- Save 5% of the bill amount or a maximum of Rs 50 on the electricity bills for a period of 6 months
Lucknow, March 17, 2016: Vodafone India, one of India’s leading telecommunications service providers along with Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Ltd. (UPPCL), the State Power Distribution Utility of Government of Uttar Pradesh, today announced a facility whereby Electricity consumers in UP East circle, will be offered cashless, secure and easy electricity bill payments using Vodafone M-Pesa (powered by Tech Process). Customers of UPPCL spread across 73 towns in UP-East will now be able to pay their electricity bill through Vodafone M-Pesa anytime, from anywhere, significantly increasing the convenience factor.
Vodafone M-Pesa is a unique and innovative Digital Wallet service from Vodafone that offers Money Transfer, Bill & Utility Pay, Merchant payments and Business Solutions (Enterprise Cash Management) with the largest network of 20,000 Agents (Cash In Points) spread across various towns and villages in UP East, enabling instant transfer and receipt of money anytime, from anywhere.
This service can be availed by all Vodafone as well as Non- Vodafone customers of UPPCL simply by registering themselves forVodafone M-Pesa. Vodafone M-Pesa customers can pay their UPPCL electricity bill through their mobile phones by downloading theVodafone M-Pesa app from or USSD by dialing *400#, Or visiting M-pesa portal (www.mpesa.in). Customers paying their bills through UPPCL website can also select M-Pesa as a payment option. By availing Vodafone M-Pesa to pay their electricity bills, customers can save 5 percent of the bill amount or a maximum of Rs 50 on their electricity bill for a period of 6 months.
Speaking on this initiative, Nipun Sharma, Business Head –UP East, Vodafone India said, “Vodafone M-Pesa is delighted to be the harbinger of a facility that will significantly simplify the process of monthly electricity bill payments for UPPCL customers. This partnership will assist in Financial Inclusion by extending the convenience of cashless bill payment to unbanked sections. No more standing in queues or spending precious time on electricity bill payments. Just become a Vodafone M-Pesa user and get empowered with a safe, speedy and convenient mechanism to pay your Electricity bill on the go.”
Mr. Sanjay Kumar Singh, Director Commercial UPPCL, said “We are happy to announce this association with Vodafone M- Pesa. We value our consumers and strive to give them a user friendly service experience. We believe
this partnership with Vodafone M-Pesa will significantly make life simpler for our consumers, by offering them the convenience of bill payments on their fingertips.”
Serving the needs of the unbanked and under-banked sections, Vodafone M-Pesa is a safe, fast and convenient way of bringing the bank to the mobile. Also, with a pan India distribution network of over 120,000 agents and with more than 4.5 million customers, Vodafone M-Pesais today the largest banking business correspondent in the country. Vodafone M-Pesa plays a vital role in enabling financial inclusion and m-commerce, by effectively leveraging the combined strengths of Vodafone’s global expertise in the domain of mobile payments and widespread distribution reach in India, with the security of financial transactions provided by ICICI Bank.
About Vodafone India
Vodafone India is a 100% fully owned subsidiary of the Vodafone Group Plc. with operations across the country serving over 194 million customers (over 100 million in rural areas). Commencing operations in 2007, Vodafone is today India’s largest foreign direct investor, with a robust, award winning business and committed for the long term. Vodafone Business Services serves the needs of enterprises and government by providing total telecommunications (Voice and Data) solutions across mobility and wireline platforms. Our mobile wallet, M-Pesa is a unique and innovative money transfer service from Vodafone that fosters financial inclusion.
Committed to optimizing the near ubiquitous reach of mobile telephony to address national developmental priorities, the Vodafone Foundation partners is actively engaged in community development initiatives especially in the domains of m-Women, m-Agriculture, m-Education and Disaster Relief. Building on its global experience and expertise, an outreach across India and offering a comprehensive portfolio of technologies- 2G, 3G & 4G, Vodafone is uniquely positioned to actualize the vision of Digital India
Globally, Vodafone is one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies and provides a range of services including voice, messaging, data and fixed communications. Vodafone has mobile operations in 26 countries, partners with mobile networks in 57 more, and has fixed broadband operations in 17 markets. As of 31st December 2015, Vodafone had 461 million mobile customers and 13 million fixed broadband customers. For more information, please visit:www.vodafone.com.