Airtel Africa and Western Union have introduced a digital service that allows customers to easily transfer money from their phones using the Airtel Africa mobile wallet.

The partnership will offer a channel for instant, cross-border money movement to India. Airtel Payments Bank customers can soon direct a Western Union money transfer to their bank accounts at any time via their application.

Global senders can use Western Union’s digital services in 75 countries and territories, or the walk-in agent network in more than 200 countries and territories. 

The collaboration will enable more than 15 million Airtel Money mobile wallet users in Nigeria, Uganda, Gabon, Tanzania, Zambia, DRC, Malawi, Madagascar, Kenya, Congo, Niger, Chad, Rwanda and Seychelles to route any money transfer received from around the world into their wallets.

It will allow senders anywhere to push funds directly to an Airtel Money mobile wallet instantly and store value or pay for goods and services.