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Friday, March 09, 2007

MTN explains 0703, connects ABU staff

Leading Global System for Mobile communications (GSM) operator in the country, MTN Nigeria, has explained the introduction of its latest number range 0703, just as it has connected 12 employees of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria through its university connect project.

It would be recalled that MTN Nigeria, recently asserted its leadership in telecoms by launching a new number range 0703.

Throwing more light on the latest numbering plan on the network, MTN through its chief marketing and customer relations officer, Mr. Bola Akingbade, said that it’s another milestone.

“Being the first GSM network to have a third numbering code in the country,” he said, noting that MTN led the pack in the launch of the second numbering code with the debut of 0806 in 2005.

He said that the numbering code shares the same qualities with its predecessors, 0803 and 0806, just as subscribers on the 0703 share the same connection, coverage, products and services with other subscribers in the network.

“The 0703 numbering range is another platform for MTN to connect as many as 10 million new subscribers in the country to its network of choice,” he said, stressing that 0703 number range offers subscribers the same superior connection that is currently unbeatable in the nation’s telecom market.

He explained that subscribers on the new platform would enjoy the same existing benefits that MTN products and services.

In a related development, 12 library staff members of ABU participated at a five-day training session that ended last weekend in Zaria organised by MTN Foundation.

This, MTN said is part of the second phase of the MTN Foundation Universities Connect project in the country.

The project, officials of MTN said is aimed at equipping beneficiaries in the Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) knowledge that would enhance their effective usage of the university’s virtual library.

According to the Executive Director, MTN Foundation, Mrs. Amina Oyagbola, the workshop was to impart on the necessary skills for virtual library applications to the staff of the university.

She added that the project would ultimately expose participants to what she described as ‘limitless opportunities’ of the university connect programme in enhancing quality of learning and research.

“This initiative is another remarkable effort by MTN Foundation to improve the quality of education in Nigeria,” she said.

She further explained that the virtual libraries would enrich the content and quality of education received by students through the provision of world-class information database.

The first phase of the universities connect project was commissioned in December 2005 at the University of Lagos, Akoka, while the second phase is expected to be launched soon at ABU, Zaria.

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