MTN deployed 100,000km of fibre as part of ‘multi-pronged approach’ to reduce digital divide

13 Jun 2022

As part of its ‘Ambition 2025: Leading digital solutions for Africa’s progress’ strategy, MTN Group Consumer Executive Enzo Scarcella says the company has rolled out more than 15,000km of terrestrial fibre through MTN Global Connect, bringing its total footprint to 100,000km. The carrier said it has a ‘clear plan’ to connect everyone in its markets – especially those in traditionally marginalised groups such as those living in rural areas – through its CHASE broadband rollout. ‘Providing a quality broadband network is essential, but not enough: there are various other interventions required to make sure that no-one is left behind. People also need 3G-enabled handsets; affordable data; relevant service offerings; as well as education to equip them with the skills to make the most of all that the mobile internet has to offer,’ Scarcella said. ‘To increase the affordability of and customer access to data-enabled devices, in 2021 we placed 3.1 million 3G and 4G devices in the hands of our customers. We increased the number of vendors from whom we procure handsets and with whom we have agreements, ensuring that customers can access after-sales service. We also offered an MTN-approved device that is 20% cheaper than a comparable handset. By partnering with M-KOPA, we supported device financing to customers in Uganda and Ghana. In 2022, we are extending this to Nigeria and Zambia,’ he added.

South Africa, MTN Group