MTN Nigeria has said that its footprint goes beyond the telecommunication sector of the nation’s economy, even as the mobile operator claims over 40 million subscribers out of the estimated 92m telecom consumers in the country.
Chairman, board of directors of MTN Nigeria, Dr. Pascal Dozie made this declaration in a goodwill message on the 10-year anniversary of MTN Nigeria Communications in Lagos on Monday.
He noted that as company with influence across all regions and crannies of the nation’s economy, Dozie said that MTN in the coming decade would work assiduously towards its footprint is felt more with an improved quality of service.
Another notable mark by MTN Nigeria, he said, has been seen through the MTN Foundation, which he said has contributed within the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) than any other since the company debut in Nigeria.
He recalled that prior to the liberalization of the telecommunication sector in 2001, the number of connected phone lines in the country was a mere 450,000 for an estimated population of 120 million at the time.
Experts, he said, had revealed that the level of investment in the telecommunication was estimated at $50 million, about N78 million.
“Today, there are over 90 million subscribers out of which MTN accounts for over 40m. The level of investment now runs into billions of dollars,” he said, stressing that 10 years on, the growth of telecommunications sector is unmatched by any other sector in the economy.
Available records, he said, indicated that the phenomenal growth in terms of subscriber base and the huge infrastructural development cover every nook and cranny of the country.
“At the forefront of this revolution is MTN Nigeria,” he said, adding that in the past decade, MTN Nigeria has consistently placed a high premium on building first class network quality, excellent customer service and value-added services which truly enrich Nigerians’ lives.
MTN Nigeria, he said, is not only the largest telecommunications company in Nigeria, but has also recorded several notable firsts, which have positioned its operations and activities as a point of reference for the telecommunications industry and the business community in the country and across the continent of Africa.
Dozie commended employees of MTN Nigeria, saying that their commitment and dedication was what endured MTN to the Nigerian populace, whose patronage supported MTN dream and investment to bring about what is happening today.
“Thank you for making MTN the greatest company in Nigeria; thank you for allowing us to grow; thank you for helping us to contribute to the development of this great country and finally, thank you for the support we know you will continue to give us in the years ahead,” he said.Remmy Nweke
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