10 YEARS AS NIGERIA’S NUMBER 1
Since commencing business operations ten years ago, MTN Nigeria has consistently placed a high premium on first class network quality, excellent customer service and value-added services which truly enrich customers’ lives.
As a pioneer and leader in the industry, MTN is not only the largest telecommunications company in Nigeria, but has also recorded several notable firsts, which have positioned our operations and activities as a point of reference for the telecoms industry and the business community in Nigeria and Africa.
On February 10, 2003 we were the first mobile company to record one million active subscribers on its network. Our massive growth has ensured that we remain the largest telecommunications network in Nigeria, now offering world-class services to over 50 million subscribers.
Indeed, we are able to achieve this having invested over $7 billion dollars in fixed assets and facilities nationwide. MTN Nigeria also has the most expansive network coverage, spread across 2,394 cities, towns and villages in all 36 states of the federation, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
This means that MTN provides network coverage to 85.24% of Nigeria’s land mass, while 85.06% of the population have access to our services.
In other ways, we are committed to adding value to this same population through our efforts at ensuring good corporate governance, which have earned us commendation from various arms of government. We are proud to note that our level of fiscal compliance (through various tax payments) has made a significant contribution to Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product.
MTN has also extended its level of responsibility to the environment in many ways. For instance, our recharge cards are bio-degradable and do not cause any damage to the environment. We have also demonstrated our support for reduction in the use of paper, by introducing MTN E-charge which is an electronic way of loading airtime directly to phones, instead of buying recharge cards.
Our awareness of the need to promote environmental and Corporate Social Responsibility have earned us a reputation as “The No .1 CSR telecoms company”, and as the first mobile company to establish a Foundation, we go the extra mile in putting smiles on the faces of Nigerians through sustainable projects spanning the education, economic empowerment and health sectors, which have a high impact on the quality of life in communities across Nigeria.
OUR VISION: To be the leading provider of telecommunications services in Nigeria with a mission to provide 1st class network quality, customer service and value.
With over 50 million subscribers and counting, MTN Nigeria Communications Limited is the largest subsidiary in the MTN Group – Africa’s leading mobile telephony company with operations in 21 countries in Africa and the Middle East.
MTN Nigeria secured one of four licenses to operate digital GSM (Global System for Mobile Telecommunications) telephony on February 9, 2001, from the Nigerian Communications Commission.
Following this, on May 16 2001, MTN emerged the first telecommunications company to make a commercial call on its GSM network. Thereafter, the company launched full commercial operations beginning with Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt, in August 2001.
MTN subsists on the core brand values of Leadership, Integrity, Relationship, Innovation and a Can do attitude. We pride ourselves on our ability to make the impossible possible, connecting people with friends, family and opportunities and enriching lives through our products and services.
MTN Nigeria is 75.8% owned by MTN International, (MTNI) Limited, Mauritius; 21.2% held by Nigerian partners through special purpose vehicles; and 3% owned by the International Finance Corporation (IFC – the infrastructure investment arm of the World Bank).
Powering Connections… via First – Class Technology
MTN’s commitment to first-class network quality is at the centre of the key value proposition to our esteemed customers. For this reason, MTN has continued to break new grounds in network expansion and provision of state-of-the-art infrastructure to guarantee excellent quality of service.
On January 20, 2003, MTN commissioned the first phase of its digital microwave transmission backbone,Y’elloBahnâ. Constructed at an initial cost of $120million, the first phase of Y’elloBahnâ spanned 3, 500 kilometres.The 2nd phase of Y’elloBahnâ which started in July 2003 extended the Y’elloBahnâ project to cover a total of 4,500 kilometres.
The length of the entire digital microwave transmission backbone currently stands at 10, 860km (as at October 2010).
This makes the Y’elloBahnâ Africa’s most extensive digital transmission infrastructure and it has significantly contributed to enhancing call quality on MTN’s network
In addition, MTN also embarked on the deployment of fibre optic cables across the country to boost the transmission capacity on its network and as at October 2010, a total of 8,052 kilometres had been covered. This makes it the longest Fibre-optic cable ever laid in Africa and definitely one of the most modern.
MTN’s overriding mission is to be a catalyst for Nigeria’s economic growth and development, helping to unleash Nigeria’s strong developmental potential not only through the provision of world class communications but also through innovative and sustainable corporate social responsibility initiatives.
16th August, 2011 – 10:30 AM
Chairman of Nigeria’s leading telecommunications company, MTN Nigeria, Mr. Pascal Dozie has expressed profound appreciation to Nigerians for supporting the company in the last 10 years, even as he pledged the company’s commitment to driving growth and development in Nigeria in the next decade.
Mr Dozie spoke at a ceremony held at the company¿s head office to officially mark its 10th anniversary in Nigeria. According to him, the monumental success of MTN Nigeria in the past decade is due to the unalloyed support and cooperation the company had enjoyed from the generality of Nigerians.
“Words are incapable of expressing our gratitude to the government at all levels, the regulatory body, our esteemed customers, our staff, partners, and indeed all our critical stakeholders, whose support has brought us thus far. We would like to assure you all that MTN remains committed to driving growth and development in our dear country, Nigeria, through our innovative products and services and through our structured corporate social investment” he said.
Also speaking at the ceremony, the company¿s CEO, Mr. Brett Goschen, who was represented by the company¿s Human Resources Executive, Mrs. Amina Oyagbola, said the company in ten years had demonstrated its capacity to fundamentally improve the way Nigerians live, work and play.
“MTN has demonstrated true leadership in the telecoms industry by providing innovative products and services, operating under the most stringent corporate governance code, and fulfilling its responsibilities as a law abiding corporate citizen. As a result of this, the Nigerian telecommunications industry has witnessed unprecedented growth and expansion, as a result of which it now contributes significantly to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP),” he said.
He stated that the company has close to 7,000 base transceiver stations, made up of both 2G and 3G in locations spread across the country, adding that more are being rolled out to take service to the underserved and enhance the quality of service available to customers. He stated that the company is investing an additional USD1 Billion to upgrade its network in the current financial year.
Goschen said MTN has paid about N700 billion as taxes and levies in its 10 years of operation in Nigeria, which has fetched the company the best corporate tax payer award continuously at both states and federal levels.
He said the company had implemented a systematic development of indigenous capacity in the last 10 years, resulting in the empowerment of indigenous workforce within the organisation. “MTN Nigeria is proudly a Nigerian company with a staff strength made up of 99 per cent Nigerians which currently stands at about 2,200 permanent workforce and 349 management staff. Over seventy per cent of executive management committee members are Nigerians.”
Goschen said MTN remains committed to executing its Corporate Social Investment strategy because it forms an integral part of the company’s overall business strategy. “Our CSI vehicle, the MTN Foundation, which is funded by up to one percent of the company’s profit after tax, currently, has 20 projects across 292 project sites in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). With over N5 billion so far deployed to fund numerous initiatives, the foundation is definitely fulfilling its pledge to improve the quality of lives in our communities. This we are going to continue in the next decade,” he said.
Also present at the ceremony were members of MTN’s management and staff, including Wale Goodluck, Corporate Services Executive; Bola Akingbade, Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer; Akin Braithwaite, Customer Relations Executive; Andrew Bing, Chief Financial Officer, and Babatunde Osho, Chief Enterprise Solutions Officer.