MTN Cameroon today launched a brand campaign profiling MTN Business – the ICT leader in Africa, which aims to be a trusted partner to businesses in their digital evolution and ultimately achieve #BusinessDoneBetter across the continent.

We understand that growing a business is hard. Business leaders are juggling many priorities and often cannot attend to them all,” said MTN Cameroon, Franck Gérard Kom, General Manager MTN Business. “MTN Business’s role is to assist them do the things that make an impact and support their growth, helping them get it done better.

MTN Business provides the tools to shift small, medium and large enterprises and multinational corporations and those in the public sector to being modern, connected and digital. These include converged ICT – managed network services; cloud services; unified communications; security solutions; and Internet of Things – as well as connectivity (mobile and fixed).

Franck Gérard said the plan was for MTN Business to become the empowering, leading ICT expert providing value to enterprise clients. Among our customer base, we already have more than 60,000 enterprises who are instrumental in contributing to Cameroon’s economic growth.

Mitwa Ng’ambi, MTN Cameroon’s CEO, said MTN Business also had a key role to play in realising the MTN Group’s Ambition 2025: Leading digital solutions for Africa’s progress:Building the largest and most valuable platforms is one of Ambition 2025’s four strategic priorities. Enterprise Services is one of MTN’s five platform businesses and operates under the ‘MTN Business’ brand.”

Ambition 2025 targets MTN Group enterprise revenue of more than R30 billion by 2025. This compares to R16.6 billion in 2021. In the first six months of 2022, enterprise revenue accelerated, increasing by 26.8%* in constant currency terms to R9.9 billion. This was driven largely by MTN Business growth in South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire.

African enterprises have a valuable role to play in addressing the continent’s most pressing challenges by providing much-needed jobs, products and services. World Bank data shows that SMEs contribute up to 60% of all employment and as much as 40% of the GDP in emerging economies. This makes them the cornerstone of most economies in Africa.

“We want to be the business enabler of choice in Cameroon, meeting the communication and ICT demands of business clients throughout the country,” said Franck Gérard. “With a customer-centric approach to providing cutting-edge services, we are doing this by leveraging our brand and advanced network as well our strong customer base of top companies across sub-Saharan Africa.”

Tradition respected. Once again,  MTN Foundation,  first corporate foundation in Cameroon, has made its contribution to the Back to School of underprivileged children. Between 2 and 9 September 2022, the #MTNBack2Skoul Caravan made five stops across the country to offer school kits to children cared for in foster homes.

Young Jonathan is one of the beneficiaries. Hailing from the village of Ikilindi in the North-West Region, he lost his father, taxi driver.  Being an orphan, he was forced, like others to flee the area because of the security situation. He was received by Hope Rehabilitation Association (HARO) in Yaounde, after a few moments of wandering. The Centre, which supervises IDPs from the North-West and South-West Regions, made it possible for Jonathan to return to school.

Young Jonathan is amongst the 500 children to receive backpacks, exercise books and other school stationery offered by the MTN Foundation in 2022. In addition to the North-West and South-West Regions, beneficiaries include victims of Boko Haram attacks in the Far North Region and other children who have lost their parents under other circumstances.

“We sincerely appreciate the gesture of  MTN Foundation which contacted our care center to provide internally displaced children with school kits. This  is a gesture that comes at the right time and whose impact is significant. I am grateful to the MTN Foundation for helping us put a smile back on the faces of these vulnerable children”, said HARO Director Fritz Kwa Mendi.

Joy and gratitude also in Bafoussam in the West Region. “I lack words… However, on behalf of the children I thank you and pray that you always go further in your initiatives”, said Father Epah of Give Hope to our Children.  There was also surprise in the Adamawa Region. “We didn’t even know that the mighty company, MTN can get here where we are. We greatly appreciate this”, reacted Dongmo Annick Florence of the Orphanage dubbed Coeur d’Amour of  Ngaoundere.

The #MTNBack2Skoul caravan is one of the initiatives of the Friends of the MTN Foundation, which is a benevolent programme  driven by staff of MTN Cameroon. “The activities on the ground are deployed with the support of  members of this club who play a very important role in the selection of  beneficiary structures and the organization of field deployment,” explains Danielle Mbome Efoula, Executive Secretary of the MTN Foundation.

The first corporate foundation launched the #MTNBack2Skoul caravan in 2014 and has already supported the enrolment of more than 16,000 vulnerable children in the 10 Regions of the country.

 

Annexure: List of beneficiary institutions of the 2022 #MTNBack2Skoul Caravan

Institutions Regions
Maison de la Charité de Garoua Djalingo North
Association pour la Création du Centre Enfance et le développement des communautés Far North
Orphelinat Coeur d’amour Adamawa
Hope Rehabilitation Association Center
Give Hope to our Children West

Mobile Money Corporation announces the launch of the second edition of the MTN MoMo Hackathon in Cameroon.  The information was made public during a press conference held on August 4, 2022 in Douala.

The MTN MoMo Hackathon is a competition aimed at encouraging young developers, entrepreneurs and start-ups to create innovative financial transactional applications.  These innovations will enable them to offer an increasingly wide range of digital solutions for MTN customers, so that they can more easily manage their collection, disbursement, transfer or fundraising operations,” said Alain Nono, CEO of Mobile Money Corporation.

Developers interested in this challenge will need to meet certain requirements. For example, it is a mobile app that uses MTN MoMo’s application programming interfaces (API) and ensuring that the app targets consumers, merchants, or businesses. They will also need to ensure that the proposed solution is useful, usable and can cover use cases beyond payment.

At the Cameroon level, twelve candidates will be selected by MTN and their submissions will be reviewed by a Grand Jury to designate and reward the best 3 projects with a shared amount of USD 10,000

“This is an opportunity for our talents of the digital economy in Cameroon. They will demonstrate their know-how and will be mentored by industry experts. The competition will also allow us to grow the MTN MoMo ecosystem so that the solutions bring even more value to all its users, individuals, associations or companies”, added Alain Nono

Candidates whose ideas are selected will then have four weeks to  to develop their ideas with demos of their applications. These applications will each be the subject of a live demonstration in front of a jury. Participants in the MTN MoMo Hackathon have until August  14th , 2022 to submit their proposals, in English or French, via the links below:

This hackathon will be the second conducted by MTN Group Fintech. In addition to Cameroon, it will take place in the following countries: eSwatini, Zambia, Congo, Rwanda, Uganda, Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, and Guinea.

MTN is committed to extending financial and digital inclusion across the continent in furtherance of its strategy to build a pan-African Fintech platform that will power the digital economy and serve as a catalyst for social and economic growth in Africa… We have no doubt that it is by collaborating with the talents of Africa that we will expand the service offering available on MoMo,” said Serigne Dioum, MTN Group Chief Fintech Officer.

With this very first Touch Point in Warda, the telecoms operator is expanding its network to better serve its customers. 

MTN Cameroon,  leading telecommunications company in Cameroon, is pleased to announce the opening of a new Touch Point located in the Yaounde PlaYce Commercial Centre of  the Warda neighbourhood.

The store  was inaugurated on 7 July 2022 during a ceremony presided over by the Governor of the Centre  Region, Naseri Paul Béa, in the presence of Stephen Blewett, Chief Executive Officer and his successor, Mitwa Nga’mbi, recently appointed by the MTN Group.

This touch point christened Warda Experience Centre – MTN Touch  will contribute to enhance   the digital experience and quality of service offered to customers through several innovations. Connected touch screens, self-service areas, virtual reality content, trials and games have also been provided. Classical services will moreover be available: subscriber identification, sale of SIM cards, migration to 4G and  4.5G technologies, activation of MTN Mobile Money accounts, cash-in, cash-out, MoMo transfer, sale of smartphones, tablets, modems and other terminals.

The Warda Experience Centre will be open from Monday to Friday, from 9am to 9pm, and on weekends, from 9am to 9.30pm. A team of motivated, professional  and experienced MTNers shall be available to ensure the satisfaction of every customer.

“This new store concretizes our dual promise of proximity and memorable experience. Because we have to serve more than 10 million customers on a daily basis and ensure that each of these loyal subscribers has a unique experience that is commensurate with the trust they have placed on MTN Cameroon for more than 20 years now,” explained the CEO, Stephen Blewett.

With this new Touch Point in Warda, MTN now has  6  Stores  in Yaounde and 19 others in the 10 regions of Cameroon.

MTN Cameroon is pleased to announce the appointment of Mitwa Ng’ambi as the new CEO of MTN Cameroon, with effect from 1 September 2022. She will be succeeding Stephen Blewett who is leaving the Group for other career opportunities.

Mitwa Ng’ambi who is currently the CEO of MTN Rwanda has been a member of the MTN family for a cumulative 10  years and has also worked in the Benin and Zambia operations.

During her time at the helm of MTN Rwanda, Mitwa has been instrumental in strengthening the business’ stakeholder engagement. She has also led industry transformative initiatives for digital penetration and financial inclusion and oversaw the listing of MTN Rwanda on the stock exchange and establishment of its Fintech subsidiary.

MTN Cameroon Chairman Colin Mukete said, “We would like to thank Stephen for his valuable contribution over the years and we welcome Mitwa to the MTN Cameroon family. We are confident that her experience, exceptional leadership skills and expertise will benefit MTN Cameroon and its stakeholders. We wish her success in her new role as we execute our Ambition 2025 strategic priorities.

MTN, leader in the telecommunications sector in Cameroon is pleased to announce the signing, on 02 June 2022 in Yaounde, of a Collaboration Framework Agreement with the Rural Electrification Agency (AER) to supply its rural sites with solar energy.

The document was initialed by Mr. Moussa Ousmanou, General Manager of AER and Stephen Blewett, CEO of MTN Cameroon, in the presence of representatives of the Ministry of Water and Energy.

This Framework Agreement specifies the terms and conditions under which AER provides MTN Cameroon with energy produced by its solar power plants. The energy is intended to power MTN Cameroon’s network infrastructure in rural areas, particularly the relay stations.

The implementation of this agreement is already ongoing at pilot sites in the West and Littoral regions. This deployment shall be extended to all 10 regions of the country in the coming months and will accelerate MTN Cameroon’s ESG strategy, of which reducing carbon footprint is one of the main objectives.

“Cameroon plans to increase its renewable energy capacity to at least 25% the total production by 2035*. This agreement with MTN Cameroon provides us with more resources to achieve this goal and enables us to engage with economic stakeholders who are still hesitating. Because the protection of our environment is more than urgent by using clean energies rather than fossil sources whose harmfulness needs not to be overemphasized. This is an emergency which our partner, MTN Cameroon has understood and incorporated in its development strategy,” said the General Manager of AER.

By entering into this partnership with AER, MTN Cameroon is contributing to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals while setting conditions conducive to the growth of communities in compliance with the company’s ESG commitments.

“Under the Project Zero, MTN seeks to reduce its carbon footprint by 50% by 2030. This partnership with AER puts us on the right path to preserve our environment. It is also an opportunity to reduce certain inequalities. People living in rural areas, often excluded from the benefits of modernity, will have access to all telephony, high speed internet and Mobile Money services”, explained Stephen Blewett. “We are going far beyond business by building a sustainable environment for our society at large”, he concluded.

 

*Data updated

The network of professionals in the field of communications (COM-PMA) held its annual meeting from 26 to 28 May 2022 in Kribi. The deliberations  centered on the theme: “Attractiveness of Regional and Local Authorities: the challenges of local communications”.

An opportunity seized by MTN Cameroon to invite communication professionals to draw inspiration from certain practices of institutional communication to better sell the attractiveness of villages, cities and regions they are responsible for.

In this regard, MTN’s representative, in his presentation, emphasized the Sustainable Development Goals or Environmental, Societal and Governance (ESG) criteria as an avenue to follow.

“The regional and local authority is certainly a geographical area, but above all, is the meeting point of several stakeholders. These stakeholders are the priority of the actions to be taken. Communicators must keep this critical detail in mind when they are called upon to advise cities, develop and execute communications strategies for communities,” explains Edouard Tamba of MTN Cameroon’s institutional communications team.

In the case of MTN, the ESG approach is appropriate. It provides the company with a framework that guides its choices by taking into account the priorities of its stakeholders. On inclusion and diversity, for example, the company is aiming for a 50/50 ratio of men to women in its workforce by 2030.

To help alleviate poverty, MTN is deploying its infrastructure on rural communities, providing free access to several communication services to the poorest and accelerating financial inclusion with its MoMo service.

Another critical area is carbon footprint. MTN is committed to reducing its carbon dioxide emissions by 47% by 2030 and attaining  zero emissions by 2040. In Cameroon, for example, the deployment of solar-powered network infrastructure is one of the ways to achieve these goals.

“Communicators can encourage city councils to adopt this type of indicator to show the relevance of their strategic choices and then make their actions more visible to stakeholders,” recommends Edouard Tamba, taking the example of the city of Johannesburg in South Africa.

The series of questions and answers enabled MTN’s representative to further illustrate his point. It should be noted that in addition to this presentation, MTNC supported the organization of this forum in terms of logistics to make the event more visible.

MTN Cameroon and Cameroon Telecommunications (Camtel) have signed a strategic national network roaming agreement which will see Camtel expand 2G/3G and 4G coverage in areas of Cameroon which are not already covered by its network.

This is in line with the Cameroonian telecommunication ministry’s transformation objective, which includes initiatives to accelerate citizens’ participation in the digital economy in a cost-effective way. It is also aligned with MTN Group’s Ambition 2025 strategic intent of leading digital solutions for Africa’s progress.

One of MTN Group’s strategic priorities is to build the largest and most valuable platforms, including network as a service,” said MTN Group President and CEO Ralph Mupita. “The roaming agreement with the state-owned Camtel is a significant development in our work to deliver on this: we are excited to bring our world-class services closer to the people of Cameroon.

MTN Cameroon CEO, Stephen Blewett and Camtel CEO, Madam Judith Yah Sunday Achidi signed the agreement on Wednesday, 13 April 2022 at MTN Group’s head office in Johannesburg.

Camtel’s subscribers will benefit from access to MTN’s existing network infrastructure, which covers 97% of population with 2G, 90% with 3G and 70% with 4G, allowing Camtel to expand its geographic coverage for a significantly improved customer experience.

This agreement is a milestone for MTN Cameroon and is in line with our belief that everyone deserves the benefits of a connected life,” said Blewett.

Madam Achidi concurred: “We want to provide an environment where technology facilitates people’s daily lives, bringing them value wherever they are.”

 

MTN Foundation, first corporate foundation in Cameroon, is pleased to announce the handing over, on 7 April 2022, of a significant stock of medical equipment to the South-West Region to fight against the current cholera epidemic.

The donation was received during a ceremony at the Regional Delegation of the Ministry of Public Health in Buea, in the presence of the Regional Delegate and his entourage as well as representatives of MTN Cameroon.

The stock provided to the Ministry of Public Health consists mainly of Ringer Lactate solutions, which is a sodium chloride composition administered as a drip to cholera patients to help them resist chronic dehydration that can lead to their death.

The drugs provided are for the relief teams of all the health districts supervised by the Regional Delegation.

“Faced with threats such as epidemics, the duty of solidarity  compels us all. And for more than 10 years of activity in Cameroon,  MTN Foundation has always responded. With this donation provided today, we hope that lives will be saved, and families will find a smile. This is also an opportunity to thank the medical staff for their dedication,” said Danielle Mbome Efoula, Executive Secretary of the MTN Foundation.

This humanitarian aid operation is part of the support to national priorities, one of the areas recently approved by the MTN Foundation Board of Trustees during its session of 24 March 2022.

Another priority domain is the contribution to the development of a solid and impactful digital ecosystem to foster the empowerment of young people, notably women and access by the greatest majority to quality education.

MTN Foundation, very first corporate foundation in Cameroon has announced the adoption of its new action plan at the end of its Board of Trustees  meeting held on 24 March 2022 at the MTN Cameroon head office in Douala.

The meeting was headed by the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of  MTN Foundation, former Minister Sanda Oumarou, assisted by five (5) other Directors, namely Dr. Ruth Engo Bamela, Vice-Chairperson of the Board, Dr. Henriette Meilo and Mr. Alain Malong, all public figures on the one hand, and on the other hand, Mrs. Jacqueline Iyok-Egbe as well as Mr. Jean Melvin Akam, representatives of MTN Cameroon in the said Board.

On the agenda of the meeting were the evolution of the institution’s governance, presentation of the financial report for 2021 and adoption of an action plan in line with the new priorities of the MTN Group.

MTN Foundation’s action plan for 2022 gives pride of place to the digital transformation of the continent in line with the MTN Group’s Ambition 2025 strategy.

Following this repositioning, 60% of the 2022 budget will be dedicated to the key programme dubbed “Open the Digital World” dedicated to the development of a strong and impactful digital ecosystem to empower young people and women as well as provide access to quality education for all. Secondly, 30% of the budget will be dedicated to supporting national priorities and local development initiatives under the “Good Together” programme.

At the end of the meeting, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees  said he was satisfied with the quality of the discussions and density of the projects proposed. “It is important to remember that in an inclusive approach, MTN Foundation will work to enable communities to benefit from the advantages of a connected world. Because this is the duty of MTN, an African company born in Africa, to go beyond business to bring sustainable value to communities,” said Mr. Sanda Oumarou. “The implementation of these initiatives will certainly contribute to building an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable society,” he concluded.

The implementation of the projects selected by the MTN Foundation will be the subject of specific communications in the coming weeks. Individuals and organisations with projects can continue to submit their projects to the Foundation via the following email address: Foundation.CM@mtn.com.