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MTN Foundation, first corporate foundation in Cameroon, is pleased to announce the launch of its traditional #YelloXmasTree caravan on 16 December 2022 in Limbe, South-West Region. This 9th edition of our Caravan is mainly focused on internally displaced children.

Indeed, a 2020 report by the Ministry of Social Affairs indicates that there are approximately 437,000 internally displaced persons in Cameroon, most of whom are women and children, facing a serious humanitarian situation.

With the celebration of Y’ello Xmas Tree, MTN Foundation is part of the global effort to support the most vulnerable among the displaced, especially those under 15 years of age. MTN Foundation therefore hopes to enable these children to celebrate Christmas with joy while receiving gifts.

In addition to Limbe, the cities of Bamenda in the North-West Region, Bertoua in the East Region and Ebolowa in the South Region will also be visited by the #YelloXmas caravan.

Celebrating Christmas is an important activity of the MTN Foundation. Since 2013, more than 10,000 children from over 100 orphanages and foster homes have been supported through this initiative, made possible through the contribution of MTN Cameroon employees.

” MTN Foundation is particularly sensitive to issues related to the development of children notably the underprivileged. With this initiative, we continue to give them back smile and hope,” reassured Danielle MBOME, Executive Secretary of the MTN Foundation.

On Wednesday 14 December 2022, CAMTEL and MTN Cameroon launched Local Roaming. This follows the signing of a partnership agreement between the two operators earlier in the year. The partnership agreement enables CAMTEL to extend its mobile network in areas where it is not present, through MTN Cameroon.

Speaking at the launch event, held in Nkoteng in the Centre Region, the Director General of CAMTEL, Mrs Judith Yah Sunday Achidi said: “We are extremely pleased with the launch of local roaming on MTN Cameroon’s network. This service will allow CAMTEL customers to access network service in areas already covered by MTN Cameroon where CAMTEL is not currently present. As CAMTEL, we have the ambition to continue to grow our mobile telephony service and footprint and selected MTN Cameroon as a partner in this regard. We look forward to more of our customers enjoying voice and data services across various regions.”

Gracing the event was also the Governor of Centre Region Mr. Naseri Paul Bea, who was pleased with this development. “This initiative highlights the willingness of operators to work together to improve the quality of service provided to their customers. It is also a good example of public-private partnership which contributes to achieve the vision of the Cameroonian Government in terms of digital economy, and development in general”, he said.

Within the framework of this partnership, the local roaming service has been enabled in a first phase across more than two hundred sites, a scope of which will be progressively expanded as agreed between the operators.

Commenting as a provider of this service to CAMTEL, the Chief Executive Officer of MTN Cameroon, Mrs Mitwa Ng’ambi said, “At MTN our core belief is that everyone deserves the benefits of a modern connected life and see it as our responsibility as a key player in the industry to continuously seek out innovative solutions that will increase the usage and penetration of connectivity solutions across the country. Local Roaming is one such solution which we are happy to launch with CAMTEL today.”

The completion of this Local Roaming project is a concrete manifestation of the win-win partnership between CAMTEL and MTN Cameroon under the auspices of the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications.

MTN Foundation, first corporate foundation in Cameroon, is pleased to announce the launch of the first edition of  Y’ello Digital Talent on 9 December 2022 at the Cameroon Digital Innovation Centre in Yaounde.

This was during a ceremony presided over by the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications, Minette Libom Li Likeng, in the presence of representatives from the Ministries of Higher Education, Secondary Education, Basic Education, and the CEO of MTN Cameroon, Mitwa Ng’ambi.

Sponsored by the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications, Yello Digital Talent is a computer programming challenge by which MTN Foundation gets public and private universities as well as higher institutions of learning with computer and technology fields based in Cameroon to compete against each other.

For this first edition, the competing institutions must propose distance education solutions. Potential competitors are invited to form mixed teams of 5 people to represent their schools. They must first register for free via https://mtnf-hackathon.mtn.cm, wherein they will also find the terms and conditions of  Y’ello Digital Talent.

The first phase of the competition will take place at the regional level after which a national final will be organised with the regional winners. In addition to the instant prizes and allowances that range from 1,000,000 FCFA to 2,500,000 FCFA, there are other benefits such as the participation in a high-level incubation programme for the winning team.

“With this competition, MTN enables the youth not only to express their talent and mastery of Information and Communication Technologies, but especially contribute towards accelerating the digital transformation of the country. We can only encourage this type of initiative which is in line with Government’s policy of developing the digital economy,” said Minette Libom Li Likeng.

“MTN is at the forefront of developing digital solutions for Africa’s progress. And this is achieved through inclusive access to quality education using innovative and environmentally friendly solutions.  Y’ello Digital Talent will therefore enable our brilliant students to develop today the solutions of tomorrow; to invent the future. We wish them good luck and we are committed, with our partners to support them in this important mission,” said Mitwa Ngambi, CEO of MTN Cameroon.

The Chief Executive Officer of MTN Cameroon, Mitwa Ng’ambi and her delegation, during her work visit to the Northern part of the country, from 2 to 5 November 2022, made stopovers in Balai in the North Region and Midjivin in the Far North Region.

They interacted with the traditional authorities and population of these two villages, which have in common, the hosting of innovative and environmentally friendly telecommunications infrastructures. Antennas which are solar-powered and do not pollute the community with noise and greenhouse gases from generators. The company has already deployed more than 260 of such antennas in the 10 regions of the country and plans to continue deploying more.

These sites bring communication services closer to rural communities, accelerate digital and financial inclusion and, above all, reduce greenhouse gas emissions while enabling to achieve carbon neutrality by 2040 to better preserve the Planet.

MTN, thanks to the initiatives of its ESG strategy, is building tomorrow, today.

A delegation of officials visited MTN Cameroon’s installations in Douala on 25 October 2022. The group comprised representatives of the Telecommunications Regulatory Board (TRB) and Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (Minpostel).

The visit was divided into three stages. First, the discovery of the Operations Centre and its ultramodern monitoring room. Here, the visitors were able to observe through several screens MTN Cameroon’s monitoring system in real time on the state of its network and quality of service provided to millions of customers across the 10 regions of the country.

Thereafter, the Datacentre, state-of-the-art space with storage capacities that guarantee the backup and redundancy necessary for permanent availability of the data and services requested. The visitors were able to note the special measures taken by MTN Cameroon to ensure constant supply of electrical energy in all circumstances.

On this site, we have just some of our software and hardware equipment. As you know, we provide our communication services to the population of the 10 regions of Cameroon. Our teams monitor and anticipate thanks to the modernity of our equipment. At the same time, we continue our expansion while strengthening security and integrating the latest technologies,” explained Reuben Opata, Chief Technology and Information Officer of MTN Cameroon.

Finally, there was a work session at MTN Cameroon’s head office between the delegation and Executive Committee of the leading operator. During the deliberations, MTN was able to elaborate on its sustainable commitment to Cameroon through investments already realized and those to come in a bid to constantly enhance our infrastructure and consequently the quality of service.

The work session ended with unanimous satisfaction from the representatives of the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications and Telecommunications Regulatory Board, who all hailed the quality of MTN Cameroon’s technical platform and called on the operator to continue investing to improve the quality of service.

MTN Cameroon is also satisfied with the willingness of the authorities to listen and provide their multiform support. “It is important for us to reassure the Cameroonian Government and our partners, notably customers. Hence, the initiative of inviting them to live the reality of our commitment to constantly improve the quality of service provided to our customers. This commitment is reflected in the significant investments we have already realized and those to come. This commitment is also visible through the state-of-the-art equipment we operate, professionalism and determination of our employees as well as trust of the population that ensure our undisputed leadership in Cameroon,” commented Mitwa Ng’ambi, Chief Executive Officer of MTN Cameroon.

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.

MTN Group’s Mobile Money Application Interface (API) is inviting developers across several markets to participate in an Open API Hackathon, with a challenge to create a mobile application that uses MoMo APIs for use in their markets.

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

Developers will compete to create an innovative application for the markets in which they are registered, which can process financial transactions with added capabilities that go beyond processing payments and drive both financial inclusion and literacy.

“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,” said Serigne Dioum, MTN Group Chief Fintech Officer.

“With our Open API Platform, we reach out to Africa’s resourceful talents and enable them to grow and create opportunities by leveraging our MoMo Platform. We have no doubt that it is by collaborating with the talents of Africa that we will expand the service offering available on MoMo,” he added.

About the challenge:

  • The challenge runs from 04 August 2022 until 9 September 2022
  • Developers will have time to submit their idea of an innovative financial and transactional app that must include the usage of MTN Mobile Money APIs
  • The developers are required to create a mobile application that uses MTN MoMo APIs; the mobile application needs to target consumers, merchants, or businesses.
  • The application must provide a practical and valuable solution that can be deployed in the market where the applicants have registered and can cover use cases beyond payment but must utilize MTN MoMo APIs.
  • MTNC will select the top 12 applicants to progress to the prototyping phase
  • The preselected applicants will be required to make a live demo of their application to the adjudicator
  • Interested developers can find out more here.

Finalists stand the chance to win up to USD 10 000 in prize money.

 

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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.