MTN, Vanu deal to increase connectivity in rural areas - officials - The New Times | Rwanda

By: TIMES REPORTER | PUBLISHED: January 09, 2018
More Rwandans in rural areas, who are currently not connected, will be able to enjoy mobile telephone services following the integration of MTN and Vanu networks, a move that will extend MTN network.

The agreement will allow for the provision of GSM services, including voice and data, which were previously inaccessible to several thousand people in rural Rwanda, officials said while announcing the partnership yesterday. It will, not only benefit existing MTN subscribers, but also create an opportunity for MTN to grow its customer base.

The alliance between Vanu and MTN will close the digital divide by providing for services that were previously unavailable to the rural population. In addition to voice and data services, the alliance will allow for the provision of mobile money services through MTN Mobile Money which will unlock previously untapped economic opportunities, said Vanu Rwanda CEO Anthony Masozera.

“We are thrilled to be working with MTN Rwanda, the largest telecom operator in the country, on a project which we believe will have a transformative impact on the lives of Rwandans,” Masozera said in a statement yesterday.

He added that the partnership shows that MTN is willing to work with companies, like Vanu, that “have the potential to make a real difference in society.”

According to GSMA estimates, a 10 per cent increase in mobile penetration results in a 0.8 per cent increase in annual economic growth.

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