MTN Group works to bridge the digital divide, connects 100 million to the internet

Must Read

PepsiCo Elects Segun Agbaje To Board Of Director

PepsiCo, Inc. (NASDAQ: PEP) today announced its Board of Directors has elected Segun Agbaje as an independent member of...

List of Guaranty Trust Bank Sort Codes & Branches (with addresses) in Nigeria

The sort code is a number that usually identifies both the bank and the branch where an account is...

List of Access Bank Sort Codes & Branches (with addresses) in Nigeria

The sort code is a number which usually identifies both the bank and the branch where an account is...

Access to the internet has the power to change lives and bridge inequalities and MTN Group reached a significant milestone by recording 100 million active data users on its networks across Africa and the Middle East.

“We believe that everyone deserves the benefits of modern connected life,” said MTN Group President and CEO Rob Shuter. “We are delighted to have connected 100 million of our customers to the power of the internet as we have increased data coverage and reduced the cost to communicate across our markets.”

MTN has a total base of more than 257 million customers in 21 markets. Growth through scaling data and digital services is central to its strategy. The group is overcoming the barriers to greater mobile internet adoption by extending its 3G and 4G coverage, accelerating smartphone adoption and transforming prices.

In the past three years, well over 100 million more people in MTN’s footprint have been covered by its data network. This brings the group’s network coverage for data services to beyond 480 million people. However, about 60% of rural populations in Africa remain unconnected. To benefit from connectivity, they need affordable devices as well as digital literacy to easily access relevant and meaningful content.

Read Also:  Cellulant’s Agrikore Risk Review stirs conversation on the impact of COVID-19 on Africa’s vulnerable Food Security
- Advertisement -

To support smartphone adoption, in 2019 MTN distributed 675 000 affordable data-enabled handsets across 12 markets. It also launched a digital literacy programme in nine markets, helping over three million people improve their understanding of the mobile internet and applications.

Data affordability is also key. In 2018 and 2019, MTN reduced entry-level data rates across its footprint by 60%. In 2019 alone, it cut the effective data price per megabyte by 34%.

“We believe the consumer mobile data market will grow enormously over the next few years,” said Shuter. “The COVID-19 pandemic has served to accelerate the adoption of mobile data, digital services and financial services. As a result, we have recorded increases of up to 50% in data volumes in some markets, as work and studying from home becomes a reality for many.”

“Over time our ambition is to grow our customer base to 300 million and for at least 2/3 to be accessing the power of the internet on an MTN network – so  the 100 million achieved today marks the halfway mark in the MTN journey.”

- Advertisement -
MTN Group works to bridge the digital divide, connects 100 million to the internetMTN Group works to bridge the digital divide, connects 100 million to the internet

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

MTN Group works to bridge the digital divide, connects 100 million to the internetMTN Group works to bridge the digital divide, connects 100 million to the internet

Latest News

71% of house owners lack proof of ownership in Nigeria – NBS

71% of households do not have evidence to prove the ownership of their homes, according to the Nigeria Living...

Only 5.7% of Nigerian households received remittances from abroad – NBS

Only 5.7% of households in Nigeria were recipients of remittances from international sources between 2018 and 2019, while 52.7% of Nigerian households received their...

Union Dicon Salt, Medview Airline and 11 Others Default in Post First Deficiency Notification For Q1 2020 UFS

The Nigerian Stock Exchange hereby informs the general public that the companies listed below have failed to comply with The Exchange's directive to issue...

Kachi Onubogu promised a balanced representation in the NIMN council

The Chief Executive Officer of Frutta Juice and Services, Dr Onyekachi Onubogu, has pledged to serve as a bridge between the Town and Gown,...

New Music, ‘Jeff’ by Nosir debuts

Spade Gospel Entertainment (SGE) is excited to declare the release of the new song from Nosir, titled, Jeff. The song is available for listening on YouTube...
- Advertisement -
BrandsPur Weekly Cartoons
- Advertisement -MTN Group works to bridge the digital divide, connects 100 million to the internetMTN Group works to bridge the digital divide, connects 100 million to the internet