31 January 2013

Nigeria: MTN Ready for Mobile Number Portability

Following the directive from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to all telecoms operators to commence Mobile Number Portability (MNP) before the end of the first quarter in 2013, MTN has said that it is ready to implement the programme.

Chief Executive Officer of MTN, Mr. Brett Goschen, who gave the assurance at a recent stakeholders' forum organised by the company, said MTN had been ramping up efforts to make MNP a reality for mobile phone users in Nigeria who are eager to join the country's most expansive network.

"We have made necessary investment in infrastructure and manpower and we are now finalising the process of making this project a reality, and we are confident that when the NCC is ready to blow the whistle for the kick-off of this project, we will be ready," Goschen said.

He explained that a series of tests had been carried out on the company's systems and infrastructure, adding that more tests would be carried out in the days ahead to ensure that the project takes off without any hitch.

"We are excited that customers who wish to join the network with the most coverage of Nigeria will now be able to do so without worrying about losing their mobile numbers. As you know, we have made far more investment in our network than any other operator in Nigeria has done, with the result that we are today the clear leader with effective network coverage of more than 85 percent of Nigeria's land mass and population," he said, adding "We have nearly 100 per cent coverage of most major highways in Nigeria and we are gradually moving towards the final laps of a massive, nationwide network modernisation and swap-out exercise that is bound to give the network unequalled capacity and much improved quality of service. We have no doubt in our minds that mobile phone users on other networks in Nigeria will be eager to port into MTN to avail themselves of these and other benefits they can only find on the MTN network."

According to him, apart from its massive investment in core services, MTN remained the only operator that created a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) vehicle, MTN Foundation, to implement life-impacting social projects across the length and breadth of Nigeria.

He added that the company, through MTNF, had invested over N5 billion in such social projects which have directly and indirectly impacted millions of lives in the areas of health, education and economic empowerment.

He affirmed the company's commitment to continue to seek for ways of adding value to the lives of Nigerians both through the company's core services and corporate social investment initiatives.

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