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MTN Business on Track to Launch Mobile Network in Namibia

MTN Business Namibia, a provider of connectivity solutions, remains committed to transforming its business in the country to offer mobile services. It’s been two and a half years since the company was engaged in this operation.

In order to calm the potential concerns of its partners, it wanted to inform them of the progress of the process. A meeting was organized for this purpose this week by Elia Tsouros, General Manager of MTN Business Namibia.

“It’s been two and a half years since planning continues. We have recently changed our strategy for greater control on our part. With additional CAPEX, we ensure customers the best possible experience. We will have a device with our own channels and we will also be franchising certain stores, but we have a comprehensive market strategy that serves both prepaid and postpaid services. We will ensure that by the time we get to the market everything is in place and that we can provide a service that Namibia will be proud of, “ said Elia Tsouros.

As a prelude to its entry into the mobile segment, MTN Business Namibia, which claims to have already received all regulatory approvals from the Namibian telecom market, also announces that it has also rolled out its LTE (4G) service on the coast and in Windhoek. .

“We have deployed two additional sites in Swakopmund and Walvis Bay. We are deploying two additional sites in northern Namibia and we are going to expand in Swakopmund with additional infrastructure because of success in this region, and this is only this year. We will have 14 sites by the end of the year and we will continue deploying additional sites next year. For a company that had no infrastructure eight months ago, we will continue to invest in our own infrastructure and this will benefit all of Namibia, “ said Elia Tsouros.

Source: Agence Ecofin


Vodafone Supports Best Farmer Awardees with GH¢15,000

Vodafone Ghana has congratulated Madam Philomena Tengey, the National Best Female Farmer, and Boris Baidoo, the Best National Digital Farmer, at the 2019 National Farmers’ Day celebrations.

As part of the telco’s support for this year’s celebrations, the two farmers were each presented with a cash amount of GH¢15,000, smart phones and Vodafone Farmers’ Club SIMs.

Additionally, they received airtime and data for 12 months, as well as free access to farmers’ helpline and useful information on crop and agriculture.

Commenting, Tawa Bolarin, Director of Enterprise Business Unit at Vodafone Ghana said: "Congratulations to all our farmers who serve as the lifelines of the economy; producing the crops and items that have defined Ghana and its exporting prowess. Our commitment is to empower females and promote digitalization in agriculture. We believe that driving innovation in agriculture will bridge the gap between farmers and critical farming information. Through our Farmers’ Club initiative, we will continue to connect farms, agribusinesses and rural communities to drive productivity, profitability and innovation."

Vodafone also presented GH¢10,000 cash, to the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) ahead of this year’s National Farmers’ Day event. All the winners at this year’s event also received Vodafone Farmers’ Club SIMs and smart phones in line with the telco’s unwavering commitment to promoting agricultural in Ghana.

This year, Vodafone extended its support to the Best Digital Farmer, in fulfillment of a promise made last year, to celebrate farmers who among other things use innovative and new technology in their operations.

The 35th edition of the National Farmers Day celebration was held in the Volta Region.



MTN Ghana Climaxes MoMo@10 Celebration with Awards for Stakeholders

To climax the 10th anniversary celebration of its Mobile Money (MoMo) service, MTN Ghana on Friday showed appreciation to stakeholders for their contribution towards the success of the service.

MoMo allows customers to use mobile phones to directly send monies into their bank accounts and vice versa, purchase airtime, and pay bills.

The telecommunication network rewarded them with citations and plaques.

The categories for the awards were; ‘Pioneering Momo Partner Banks' - Fidelity Bank, Ecobank, Cal Bank, GT Bank, Access Bank, Zenith Bank, UBA, UMB, and Stanbic Bank.

Barclay’s Bank, Republic Bank, and First Atlantic Bank were adjudged as ‘Emerging Partner Banks with Great Impact”, while Fidelity Bank was also honoured as the ‘MoMo Partner Bank Frontrunner’.

Other categories were; the ‘MoMo Fintech Pioneer’ - IT Consortium, and CoreNett Limited, and ‘Emerging and Innovative Fintech Partner' – ‘appsNmobile Solutions'.

miLife Insurance, was honoured with the ‘First MoMo Advance Service Award', DSTV of MultiChoice Ghana Limited with the ‘First MoMo Bill Payment Award,’ Ghana National College with the ‘First MoMo School Fees Award' and Star Oil Company as the ‘Most Supportive MoMo Merchant.’

Individuals were also awarded for their contributions to the success of MoMo.

They were; Mr Gideon Osei Amoako as the ‘MoMo Patron,’ Mrs Elly Ohene-Adu as the ‘MoMo Powerbroker,’ Dr Settor Kwabla Amediku as the ‘MoMo Regulatory Influencer,’ and Mr Eli Hini as the ‘MoMo Trailblazer.’

Others were; Mr Bruno Akpaka as the ‘MoMo Master Minder,’ Mr George Nenyi Andah as the ‘MoMo Brand Builder,’ and Mr Ebenezer Twum Asante as the ‘MoMo Game Change.’

Mr Selorm Adadevoh, the Chief Executive Officer of MTN Ghana Limited, said MoMo enhanced financial inclusion, economic growth, and accelerated development by creating jobs for people.

He, therefore, urged the government to join forces with stakeholders to develop strategies that would leverage the power of MoMo to recapitalise economic potential growth.

He pledged the commitment of MTN to support government’s agenda to digitise the economy, such as the ‘government to people and people to government form of payment'.

Mr Eli Hini, the General Manager of MTN MoMo, said MTN Ghana needed a committed leadership and workers to sustain MoMo when it was launched in July 21, 2009.

He commended staff and all stakeholders including; MoMo agents and customers for sustaining and contributing to the growth of the service.

Over 100,000 customers subscribed to the service six months after it was launched, however, it currently has over 14 million subscribers, out of which nine million were 30-days active users, he said.

Mr Hini said MTN currently had 140,000 active mobile money agents nationwide.

He mentioned fraud as one challenge the network faced with the MoMo service, however, the company had invested heavily to control the canker.

Mr Ken Ofori-Atta, the Minister of Finance in a speech delivered on his behalf commended MTN for providing jobs for almost half of the population.

He encouraged MTN to work directly with microfinance institutions to drive growth of the financial sector.

Source: GNA


GSS Partners Vodafone & Flowminder to Produce Reliable Data for Sustainable Development

The Ghana Statistical Service, Vodafone Ghana and the Flowminder Foundation, an NGO that provides insights, tools and capacity-strengthening to governments, international agencies and NGOs, have embarked on a partnership to produce official statistics using identified telecommunications data to strengthen humanitarian and development decision-making in the country.

Under the partnership, some staff of the statistical agency are undergoing training on how to use data to solve critical problems and inform policy decisions.

The collaboration is aimed at taking advantage of technology to transform the production of official statistics.

Speaking to Citi Business News, a former Government Statistician and current chairperson of the GSS, Dr. Grace Bediako, says the project, which will end in 2020, will benefit Ghana immensely.

“This is part of what we have been calling big data. A lot of information housed in many service providers domain and in this case the telcos and we are working with Vodafone. So, we are hoping that this will help us bridge the data gaps because with the SDGs, there is a lot that we need to inform ourselves about and track; mobility is part of it,” she said.

Data Scientist and Project Manager at Flowminder, Tracey Li says the data will help the country in diverse ways.

“Our role in this project is to strengthen capacity within the GSS by way of providing tools, knowledge and skills to enable staff of GSS be able to process and analyze telecommunications data and incorporate that data into the production of official statistics,” she explained.