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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

MTN unveils Xtra ordinary bundle VAS

Remmy Nweke


LEADING Global System for Mobile communications (GSM), MTN Nigeria Communication has unveiled what the telco called an extra ordinary bundle of value added services (VAS) on the network, just as it slashes call tariffs and offers free calls to service centers.

This, the company said, is part of the new package lined up for the renewed commitment to “Move our customers ahead with the best values and the most exciting experiences in this market.”

Chief executive, MTN Nigeria, Mr. Ahmad Farroukh, said that the new package is practical expression to the commitment hitherto by the firm, through a value proposition that is unparalleled in the sector, even as it guarantees “Pleasures of life in full measure”.

He also said that the package which offers families the ‘MTN Xtra connect’ with the features to make calls at peak hours within its network at the rate of N30 per minute and 50 kobo per second, while the off peak on the network.

Mr. Farroukh also said that 50 per cent discount awaits friends and family members who are upto three on the off-peak platform, thus reducing the cost to N12.50k and 21 kobo per cent.

Equally, MTN has lowered the rates of Short Messaging Service (SMS) and they would benefit on the Connect4life to the MTN network as well as 1 free Multimedia Service (MMS) per month.

This is in addition, to call me messages to let other people know when they want them to call such a person at no cost to anybody.

He further said that MTN has a package for the young at heart with its “MTN Xtra cool”.
MTN, in addition, introduced Xtra profit for commercial telephone operators, describing it as unmatchable on-net rates at N17 per minute and 28 kobo per second, that is MTN to MTN, with lower access fee of N9000 per month, stressing that this was down from the N10,500 charged previously.

Mr. Farroukh noted that as part of the deal to move customers ahead, MTN would from October this year, began free of charge on its customer care lines, especially for prepaid subscribers.

“Our prepaid customer service help line, 180, will be now free of charge from October,” he said, just as the 181 which offers multi-language self-service with responses in Igbo, Yoruba, Hausa, Pidgin and English.

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