MTN Nigeria has begun an expansion of its telecommunications coverage to millions of Nigerians living in underserved and unserved communities nationwide through its rural telephony program.
Over 20 million Nigerians live in areas with limited or no coverage and MTN intends to change this through the rural telephony program that it started earlier in the year. MTN says that it has identified over 3,000 locations across the country for a phased rollout, over three years.
The company says that 583 live rural sites have been installed nationwide; more than half of which were installed this year and connect communities such as Kurba, Agbiyi Umuede, Tobolo, Opaha, Tudun Faila, Oguru Uzo Uwani and Sarkin Kaya Rini. MTN says that it plans to install more than 1,000 new sites each year in the next few years to cover all the identified locations.
MTN announced that itt has been working with technology partners to deploy infrastructure that will accelerate connectivity and aid the consistent rollout of low-cost connectivity solutions in these areas that have non-existence or limited network coverage and broadband services.
Mazen Mroue, chief operating officer, MTN Nigeria said: “Our core belief is that everyone deserves the benefits of a modern, connected life. “It is driven by an understanding of the potential impact of connectivity on the socioeconomic outcomes of individuals, communities and the country as a whole. This belief drives our rural expansion goals and fuels our commitment to continue pushing until everyone is connected.”