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Airtel launches Club Business for SMEs with free 100 minutes

Airtel COO Mr. Srivastava with Ogun State Govt  delivered by Mrs Eizabeth Sonubi

Determined to grab its position amidst competition, the Airtel Nigeria has launched a new service tagged Club Business for the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the country.

The Club Business offers SMEs the short messaging service at N1 in addition to other package embedded in the platform for small businesses.

The Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director, Airtel Nigeria, Me Deepak Srivastava said that the product was introduced into the market to empower Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) with affordable telecommunications solutions, aimed at boosting business productivity and profitability.

He said that Club Business offers enable owners of SMEs to form a club of 20 members with their employees and thereby benefit from specialized discounts including free calls for the first 100 minutes and subsequent charge of 20k per sec for Airtel to Airtel calls, while SMS to club members would be at N1.

Srivastava also said the Airtel’s Club Business was specially designed to address the prevailing business environment in the country, by providing excellent opportunities for small business owners to adopt creative and strategic initiatives to survive the harsh business climate.

Airtel, he said, took into account the fact that SME sector is vital to the growth of the nation’s economy and as a result, it is committed to creating products and services that will boost profitability and productivity in the sector, ensuring return on investments and economic growth.

The Airtel Club Business, he said, allows a minimum of five users and a maximum of 20 Airtel customers, stressing that this is in addition to the free calls for first 100 minutes and N1 per SMS for Club members, calls to Airtel numbers are billed at 20k/sec, while calls to other network will be at 30k/sec after the first minute at 60k/sec. International call charges remain at the prevailing rates.

He explained that SMS to other Airtel lines outside the club will be at N5, while SMS to other networks and international lines will be N9 and N15 respectively.

Also, a monthly access fee of N500 would be charged while a monthly minimum recharge of N500 on the master line would be required to enjoy the special business solution package.

Under the offer, the Master Line would be responsible for paying access fees and monthly commitment for all other lines in the Club.

Even as the first 20 number additions that make up a club would be free while subsequent reviews would be charged at N50.

Explaining further, the vice president for SMEs and postpaid at Airtel Nigeria, Mr. Rajiv Sehgal, noted that to activate the Airtel Club Business, customers are required to simply dial *590# from an old or existing Airtel line.

“The line automatically becomes the Master Line. To add other numbers to the master line to form the Club Business, customers are expected to dial *590*1*Airtel number#” he said.

Remmy Nweke
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