I have never being a fan of network providers especially due to presumed poor services they render to customers but to be honest, there is one sim card that I cannot dispense with even after tasting them all. I say this not to sound bias but the truth is that MTN has the widest network coverage in Nigeria and indeed Africa.
Just like most Nigerians walking the streets, I didn’t take out time to study this telecommunication giant until recently when I was called to make a presentation on “the benefits of the telecommunication industry to entrepreneurs” at a recent event organised for young entrepreneurs.
I was asked to use MTN Nigeria as the case study. It took less than an hour to conclude my findings and what I found out will marvel you.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MTN NIGERIA
Mobile Telecommunication Network (MTN) Nigeria is one of the foremost telecommunication company operating in Nigeria till date. It is part of the MTN Group, one of the leading telecom companies in Africa with its corporate headquarters in Johannesburg, South Africa. It started its operation in Nigeria in 2001 when the democratically-elected government of President Olusegun Obasanjo decided to introduce cellular phones into Nigeria as opposed to the ‘landlines’ which have being in existence since independence. Luckily enough, the first telecom company to take the first bite of the cake was MTN Nigeria, which launched full commercial operations in three major cities namely; Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt. Today, MTN Nigeria serves over 53 million subscribers in Nigeria with operation in over 10,000 villages and 200 cities and towns spanning the 36 states plus the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
While others like Econet Wireless or Mtel have wound up or rebranded through an arrangement and compromise scheme, MTN Nigeria has stood firm, beating the weather despite the numerous challenges facing the telecom industry since inception. The latest of them all was when the telecom giant threatened to pull it large pool of fund out of the Nigerian economy as a result of an imposed fine by the Central Bank of Nigeria when it unlawfully repatriated over $10 billion out of Nigeria. However, they resolved to mediation and till date, they are still operating in Nigeria.
This can be attributed to its vision statement which is “to be the leading provider of telecommunication services in Nigeria with a mission to provide first class network quality, customer service and value” and a mission statement which is “to be a catalyst for Nigeria’s economic growth and development, helping unleash Nigeria’s strong development potentials not only through the provision of a top notch communication but also through evolving corporate social responsibility initiatives.”
Talking about Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), statistics show that MTN Nigeria has exhausted billions of Naira on CSR projects from its inception till date. This is evident in the establishment of the MTN Nigeria Foundation Limited , with the aim of helping to reduce poverty and foster sustainable development in Nigeria.
In terms of education and health too, the telecom giant has done well especially with the recent mpulse project aimed at enabling kids make wise career choices in future even as they are given the opportunity to grow now into the man/woman they want to see in the future. It was no surprise to me that MTN Nigeria chattered away five awards at the Nigeria Tech Innovation & Telecom Awards (NTITA), 2018 held on October 11, 2018.
Now you see, it’s really MTN, everywhere you go.
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