Recharge card sellers have been advised to update their knowledge and move towards e-commerce.
Information Technologist, Mr Lanre Ajayi gave the advice during an interview in Lagos on Friday.
Ajayi said the advice became necessary because the business of the physical sale of recharge cards will soon seize to exist.
Ajayi, former President of the Association of Telecommunication Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), added that the emerging trend “in the country is electronic commerce (e-commerce) for the recharge of phones.’’
He said the technology landscape was changing; hence, the country had to move along with the trend.
” I can see recharge cards disappearing very soon. My advice is that we should not start campaigning that the recharge cards should be retained because of the people that sell them.
“The only way those concerned can keep their jobs is to upgrade to e-commerce for recharging. We have to move up; we should also move with technology, we should be more efficient.
”So, the people selling recharge cards should adjust. They should go and acquire more skills for other things, because physical selling of recharge cards won’t be necessary again”, he said.
Mr Gbenga Adebayo, Chairman of the Association of Licensed Telecommunication Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), told NAN that recharge card sellers need to modernise their business.
Adebayo said Nigerians were already considering other platforms through which they recharge their devices.
He said that card sellers should upgrade, by dispensing electronic applications, rather than just selling recharge cards.
According to him, their survival lies in the large population of the country and the hugeness of the operators’ networks.
”They may not have the volume that they used to have in the beginning, when everybody was buying recharge cards, because today, there are alternative platforms that people use to recharge their lines.
”The volumes are going down; the profit margins are going down every day, same for all of us, the operators. We feel it as they feel it.’’
Telecommunication subscribers now recharge their lines using their phones or the Automated Teller Machines.
”Recharge your phone anytime, directly from your Zenith Bank account! Dial *904*amount#, for up to N3,000 recharge! Text help to 2442 for Do-Not-Disturb (DND) options,” a message from Zenith bank read.