MTN Spends N8Bn to Send 2Bn Free SMS in Support Of COVID-19

MTN has come out with details on how it spent N8 billion as part of the awareness of the Covid-19 campaign during the period starting from March, 2020.

Ferdi Moolman, MTN chief executive officer, while giving detailed breakdown of the network support in the last three Months covering March, April and May said: “Since we began providing 300 free SMS’s per month to our subscribers more than two billion SMS’s have been sent by more than 44 million subscribers demonstrating the universal appeal and accessibility of SMS as a communications service.

“We are proud to have been able to reach so many people and are committed to continuing to provide this service. As we continue to navigate this pandemic, we are focusing our efforts on trying to ensure no one is left behind.”

According to the network provider, more than two billion free SMS were sent by over 40 million subscribers. About 3,000 Terrabytes of free data utilised to access zero-rated health websites, and access to the Ayoba messaging app while over 1.7 Million free money transfers by about 100,000 people using the MoMo Agents.

Besides, the telecommunications giant has expended N33 billion in cash in the fight against COVID-19 in Nigeria.

These include support to 36 states of the federation through the Nigerian Governors Forum; communications support to the Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC) and contributions of one billion naira to the Coalition of Covid-19 (CACOVID) fund among others.

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