MTN Nigeria yesterday introduced its broadband services targeted to creating affordable and ubiquitous internet access to over 45 million homes and 40 million small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs) across the country.
The company in a rejig said the launch of MTN Home Broadband services will accelerate broadband penetration in alignment with the federal government’s plan to achieve over 70 per cent broadband penetration by 2025 introduced Fibre to the home (FTTH), Broadband Router and Broadband MiFi.
With over 200 million people, Nigeria currently boasts of approximately 44.3 per cent internet connectivity, whereas other African countries, such as South Africa, Egypt, and Kenya, are at 68, 74, and 48 per cent internet penetration, respectively.
MTN currently connects over 70 million Nigerians (over seven per cent 4G population and 89.8 per cent coverage nationwide). With MTN’s Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) and the latest Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) Home Broadband services, millions of Nigerian households, with approximately 50 per cent located in rural areas,
This will ensure they have access to reliable and ultra-fast broadband services to enjoy unlimited data plans, ability to connect multiple devices and share data across remote locations for online learning, working from home, streaming, gaming, smart home solutions among others.
The chief operating officer, MTN Nigeria Communications Plc said, Hassan Jaber said, “At MTN, we believe that everyone deserves the benefits of a modern, connected life; hence our investment in industry-leading connectivity operations.”
The chief marketing officer, MTN Nigeria, Adia Sowho said at the launch that as MTN approaches its 5G mobile service launch, the company is has positioned itself as the preferred partner and is expanding broadband services to millions of homes and offices across Nigeria.
Also, general manager, Fixed Broadband, MTN Nigeria, Onyinye Ikenna-Emeka, said “Customers now have enhanced access to dedicated 24/7 support and online channels to place orders for MTN Home Broadband with options for home delivery.
“They can also enjoy truly Unlimited Data bundles, longer tenure data plans with the flexibility to share data with multiple users remotely as well as enhanced data subscription channels including myMTN App,” she added.
Global technology statistics closely link internet connectivity to sustainable economic growth rates. On average, the internet accounts for almost four per cent of GDP across the large economies that make up 70 per cent of global GDP.
UNICEF also projects those nations with low broadband connectivity have the potential to realise up to 20 per cent GDP growth by connecting schools to the internet.