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MTN Group, one of the biggest telecommunications operators in Africa, announced that it is joining the IoT World Alliance, making it the first African telecommunications company to do so. IoT World Alliance is a collaboration of established mobile network operators which aims to adopt and run a globally connected business through well-executed and smart business decisions.

Multinational corporations planning to roll out connected devices worldwide face a multitude of hurdles. As the largest mobile operator cooperative in the world, the IoT World Alliance aims to eliminate the complexity associated with worldwide deployments of connected devices.

The Alliance provides a global solution aimed at simplifying and promoting the adoption of IoT communications worldwide. The unique solution leverages the operators’ combined global presence to the benefit of customers.

MTN Group Executive for Enterprise Business, Oliver Fortuin said “We are very proud to be a member of the Alliance, not only do we join a community of like-minded telecommunications companies committed to making global connectivity cheaper and simpler, but as MTN we believe this partnership supports our efforts to deliver on our core belief that everyone deserves the benefits of a modern connected life. “

Commenting on the partnership, IoT World Alliance Chairman Mark van den Berg said, “We are pleased to have MTN on board, and look forward to leveraging the scale and reach that MTN has in Africa and parts of the Middle East. I think it is an exciting and long overdue partnership not only for MTN Group but also for IoT World Alliance as we work towards enabling our customers’ IoT device connectivity. He added that, “we look forward to a long-lasting partnership and most importantly working together to offer customers the solutions they need when they need them”.

Source:ITNews Africa


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Following the completion of the AirtelTigo network integration and upgrade nationwide, the Deputy of Minister of Communications, Vincent Sowah Odotei, says many people in rural communities stand to enjoy improved network services.

The Deputy Minister, who read a speech on behalf of the Minister for Communications, Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, made this known at the AirtelTigo first anniversary stakeholders’ dinner in Accra, themed: “Thank You”.

“With the completion of this integration, AirtelTigo now has a wider coverage and faster internet speed than it had before. I am particularly happy that many more of our people in our rural communities can equally enjoy the improved network services and the many benefits that your one big network presents. This is very impressive, and we commend your efforts,” said Sowah Odotei, who is also a Member of Parliament for La Dadekotopon in the Greater Accra Region.

While commending the Ghanaian staff for their dedication and hard work in unifying and consolidating the former Airtel and Tigo network to become one big network, Sowah Odotei revealed that his Ministry was excited about the merger that is the first of its kind in the telecom industry.

He added that AirtelTigo has provided a good example and an exciting case study, for others to learn from. “Our collective desire is to see to a digitally connected Ghana in which subscribers have access to better network services. This consolidation of efforts between the two companies is certain to get us closer to achieving this.”

He further indicated that the Ministry was aware of the hard work and commitment AirtelTigo put into completing the network integration and upgrade nationwide and the subscriber challenges and concerns as well as the positive efforts the company made to ensure that subscribers were communicated to and remained connected to the network.

In his concluding remarks, he said the Ministry of Communications is pursuing an aggressive rural telephony programme with the aim of connecting the entire country within the next five years. “We are also seeking to attract foreign direct investments into Ghana to boost government’s digitalisation agenda.”

The Chief Executive Officer of AirtelTigo, Mrs Mitwa Kaemba Ng’ambi, thanked all stakeholders for their support during the network upgrade and pledged to continue delighting customers through innovative products and services.

The stakeholders’ dinner was graced by government officials, distribution partners, technology partners, vendors, financial inclusion and information communications technology partners, employees, media and other dignitaries.

Source: AirtelTigo


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The country’s second-largest telecommunications operator, AirtelTigo has held a stakeholders’ dinner to celebrate its first anniversary with a commitment to creating a clear customer experience in the industry and better the lives of Ghanaians through the use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT).

Themed ‘Thank You’, the stakeholders’ dinner was well attended by government officials, distribution partners, technology partners, vendors, financial inclusion and information communications technology partners, employees, media and other dignitaries at the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel in Accra.

Highlighting the new chapter of AirtelTigo, the Chief Executive Officer of AirtelTigo Mrs Mitwa Kaemba Ng’ambi, said: “Now that we have a wider network coverage and faster internet speeds, we will continue to introduce first-in-market affordable solutions that are sure to delight our customers.”

She explained that both AirtelTigo Money and AirtelTigo business brands will come to the fore, providing relevant and reliable solutions to customers and businesses, adding that: “You can also expect a lot more activity and focus on our role as transformation agents in the communities in which we operate. Investment in our people and network will also remain key.”

She applauded the Ministries of Communications, Finance, National Communications Authority, Bank of Ghana and other stakeholders for believing in the company’s ambition to do something that has never been done in the history of the Ghanaian telecommunications industry.

The Honorable Deputy Minister of Communications, Vincent Sowah Odotei, who read a speech on behalf of the Minister, Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful as a guest of honour congratulated AirtelTigo for its key milestone.

“I am happy to note that through the collective efforts of the Ministry of Communications, the Ministry of Finance and the National Communications Authority and erstwhile Airtel and Tigo the journey of unifying and consolidating the two companies and networks is now complete.”

He disclosed that the Minister is happy that many more of our people in our rural communities can equally enjoy the improved network services and the many benefits that the AirtelTigo one big network presents. “I would like to reiterate the value of quality telecommunications access and service to Ghana’s development agenda which makes AirtelTigo’s network integration and upgrade exercise a welcoming project indeed,” he told the stakeholders.

Source: AirtelTigo


[caption id="attachment_5222" align="alignnone" width="300"]From left to right Murthy Chaganti (Chief Operating Officer of AirtelTigo Ghana), Emmanuel Mokobi Aryee (CEO of Prudential Life), Seth Eshun (Head of Supervision of the National Insurance Commission) From left to right Murthy Chaganti (Chief Operating Officer of AirtelTigo Ghana), Emmanuel Mokobi Aryee (CEO of Prudential Life), Seth Eshun (Head of Supervision of the National Insurance Commission)[/caption]

Ghana’s second-largest mobile operator, AirtelTigo, has partnered with BIMA, the country’s leading provider of mobile delivered health and insurance services to provide customers with access to simple and affordable insurance products and rapidly widen insurance inclusion in Ghana.

The AirtelTigo Insurance programme covers over 2 million lives in Ghana. The policies provide life, hospital or accidental cover for a customer and one family member for as low as 10 pesewas daily. Furthermore, customers can now process their claims digitally from the comfort of their homes using WhatsApp.

“We are very proud of our role as a key development partner with BIMA to offer great solutions to Ghanaians. The new partnership with BIMA further consolidates our financial inclusion proposition and marks another innovation in the Ghanaian telecom industry,” said Murthy Chaganti, the Chief Operating Officer of AirtelTigo Ghana, at the opening of BIMA’s new head office in Alajo, a suburb of Accra.

Mr. Chaganti highlighted the company’s long-term commitment to reaching the uninsured population through mobile insurance, adding that “through this partnership, affordable and easy-to-use insurance solutions will be used to help Ghanaians countrywide”.

With BIMA’s mobile insurance technology, customers can sign up for insurance and health services from their mobile phones and pay premiums through small daily payments. The model created in Ghana has since scaled-up to 15 markets across Africa, Asia and Latin America, reaching 26M subscribers worldwide.

“We are pleased to celebrate this milestone with our partners AirtelTigo and Prudential Life”, said Damien Gueroult, Country Manager of BIMA Ghana. “From our start in 2010 with a dozen of employees to this day, BIMA has been a true Ghanaian success story. This partnership and the inauguration of our new office opens a new page of expansion for BIMA in Ghana”.

Mr Gueroult also thanked the regulators, particularly the National Insurance Commission and the Bank of Ghana, without whose supervision mobile-delivered insurance wouldn’t be a success in Ghana. Mr Seth Eshun, Head of Supervision of the National Insurance Commission said that, “the accessibility and affordability of AirtelTigo Insurance products has played a key role in helping drive the insurance coverage rate in Ghana from 8% in 2010 to about 30% in 2017”.

Speaking at the event, Emmanuel Mokobi Aryee, the Chief Executive Officer of Prudential Life, the underwriter, disclosed that over 35, 000 customers have received payouts worth over GHS 15 million since the beginning of the partnership. “We are proud of delivering value to customers when they undergo challenging times by paying claims in a quick and efficient manner” Mr. Mokobi Aryee told the gathering.