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.

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.”

 

The new Service Centers working hours have been amended effective, from December 1st 2021.

Below are the new business hours at our Service Centers:

Location Regions TownService Center New Business Hours
GREATER CENTRECENTRE  YAOUNDE Starlight 28:00am – 5:00pm (Monday- Thursday)
8:00am – 4:00pm (Friday)
9:00am – 3:00pm (Saturday)
10:00am – 5:00pm (2 nd Thursday of the Month)
Hilton7:30am - 6:00pm (Monday- Thursday)
7:30am – 4:00pm (Friday)
8:30am – 3:00pm (Saturday)
10:00am – 5:00pm (2 nd Thursday of the Month)
Bastos 8:00am – 5:00pm (Monday- Thursday)
8:00am – 4:00pm (Friday)
9:00am - 3:00pm (Saturday)
10:00am – 5:00pm (2 nd Thursday of the Month)
Ngousso8:00am – 5:00pm (Monday- Thursday)
8:00am – 4:00pm (Friday)
9:00am – 3:00pm (Saturday)
10:00am – 5:00pm (2 nd Thursday of the Month)
Carrefour Ekié8:00am - 10:00pm (Monday-Sunday)
8:00am – 8:00pm (Friday)
10:00am – 10:00pm (2 nd Thursday of the Month)
EASTBERTOUABertoua8:00am – 5:00pm (Monday- Wednesday)
10:00am – 5:00pm (Thursday)
8:00am – 4:00pm (Friday)
9:00am – 3:00pm (Saturday)
GREATER NORTHNORTH GAROUAGaroua8:00am – 5:00pm (Monday- Wednesday)
10:00am – 5:00pm (Thursday)
8:00am – 4:00pm (Friday)
9:00am – 3:00pm (Saturday)
EXTREME NORTH  MAROUAMaroua8:00am – 5:00pm (Monday- Wednesday)
10:00am – 5:00pm (Thursday)
8:00am – 4:00pm (Friday)
9:00am – 3:00pm (Saturday)
KOUSSERI Kousseri8:00am – 5:00pm (Monday- Wednesday)
10:00am – 5:00pm (Thursday)
8:00am – 4:00pm (Friday)
9:00am – 3:00pm (Saturday)
ADAMAWA NGAOUNDERENgaoundere8:00am – 5:00pm (Monday- Wednesday)
10:00am – 5:00pm (Thursday)
8:00am – 4:00pm (Friday)
9:00am – 3:00pm (Saturday)
GREATER LITTORALLITTORALDOUALAStarlight 18:00am – 5:00pm (Monday- Wednesday)
10:00am – 5:00pm (Thursday)
8:00am – 4:00pm (Friday)
9:00am – 3:00pm (Saturday)
Bonaberi8:00am – 5:00pm (Monday- Wednesday)
10:00am – 5:00pm (Thursday)
8:00am – 4:00pm (Friday)
9:00am – 3:00pm (Saturday)
Village8:00am – 5:00pm (Monday- Wednesday)
10:00am – 5:00pm (Thursday)
8:00am – 4:00pm (Friday)
9:00am – 3:00pm (Saturday)
Bonamoussadi8:00am – 5:00pm (Monday- Wednesday)
10:00am – 5:00pm (Thursday)
8:00am – 4:00pm (Friday)
9:00am – 3:00pm (Saturday)
Carrefour Douala8:00am - 10:00pm (Monday-Sunday)
10:00am – 10:00pm (Thursday)
8:00am – 8:00pm (Friday)
Grand Mall8:00am – 10:00pm (Monday-Sunday)
10:00am – 10:00pm (Thursday)
8:00am – 8:00pm (Friday)
SOUTH-WEST BUEABuea8:00am – 5:00pm (Tuesday- Thursday)
8:00am – 4:.00pm (Friday)
9:00am – 3:00pm (Saturday)
12:00pm – 5:00pm (1 st Wednesday of the Month)
10:30am – 5:00pm (3 rd Wednesday of the Month)
KUMBAKumba8:00am – 5:00pm (Tuesday- Wednesday)
12:00pm – 5:00pm (Thursday)
8:00am – 4:00pm (Friday)
9:00am – 3:00pm (Saturday)
GREATER WESTWEST BAFOUSSAMBafoussam8:00am – 5:00pm (Monday- Thursday)
8:00am – 4:00pm (Friday)
9:00am – 3:00pm (Saturday)
10:00am – 5:00pm (2 nd Thursday of the Month)
NORTH-WEST BAMENDABamenda8:00am – 5:00pm (Tuesday- Thursday)
8:00am – 4:00pm (Friday)
9:00am – 3:00pm (Saturday)
10:00am – 5:00pm (2 nd Thursday of the Month)

MTN GlobalConnect and CAMTEL have joined forces to establish a strategic partnership that will see the commercialisation of four submarine cables in the West and Central sub-region of Africa. The partnership will improve connectivity in Cameroon and support the increasing demand for internet capacity.

CAMTEL, the State-owned telecommunications Operator in Cameroon has access rights on four subsea cables that are key for the connectivity of the sub-region, namely: WACS, SAT3, NCSCS and the SAIL subsea cable that connects Cameroon to Brazil.

Within the framework of this partnership, MTN GlobalConnect lessens the gap between its partners and the West coast of Africa. This partnership accelerates Cameroon’s digital transformation journey and enable the country to position itself as a digital hub for the region.

“We believe that everyone deserves the benefits of a modern connected life,” said MTN GlobalConnect CEO Frédéric Schepens. “By working closely with CAMTEL, we are delighted to be part of Cameroons digital journey and leverage their extensive fibre network in the Cameroon and in turn grow our fibre railway ambitions for Africa.”

As a Pan-African wholesale and infrastructure services company with deeply anchored roots in the continent, MTN GlobalConnect continues to establish strategic partnerships that support the African developmental agenda, and the national priorities of Cameroon in particular.

Schepens went on to say, “In line with our Ambition 2025 strategy—this collaboration with CAMTEL demonstrates how, in partnering with our host countries and state-owned entities, MTN GlobalConnect is committed to growing digital connectivity between African countries and the rest of the world.”

As Cameroon’s telecommunication infrastructure operator, CAMTEL ambitions to position itself as the digital hub for the Central Africa region with cross-border fibre optics connectivity to extend its solid international submarine cable assets to benefit communication service providers in Cameroon as well as neighbouring countries such as Chad, Gabon, Nigeria, among others.

Judith Yah Sunday, CAMTEL CEO explained that “this strategic partnership between CAMTEL and MTN GlobalConnect represents a milestone in the implementation of Cameroon digital economy development program and more specifically in the increased monetization of our subsea assets in line with our ambition to turn Cameroon into the digital hub of Central Africa”.

MTN, leader in telecommunications in Cameroon received the award of excellence during the celebration of 20 years of mobile telephony (Cammob 20-20) in Yaounde from 17 to 19 May 2021. The deliberations chaired by the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications were characterized by MTN Cameroon’s participation in various activities, notably the inaugural conference under the theme “the challenges of mobile telephony in Cameroon, 20 years later: what to remember? “.

The award received by MTN at the end of this celebration is a recognition by the public authorities of the important contribution by the operator to the development of the country, since the Company launched its operations in February 2000. This contribution by MTN Cameroon, which is still ongoing, can be summarised in the following main points.

Firstly, MTN Cameroon brings millions of Cameroonians closer together on a daily basis. From any region, division, district and town, it is possible to get in touch with loved ones. More than 95% of the population is covered by MTN’s #indomitablenetwork

Secondly, the company has already invested more than FCFA 1,000 billion for the development and maintenance of its world-class infrastructure in the country’s 10 regions. A similar amount has been paid into the state coffers over the same period. This represents a contribution of more than FCFA 1,000 billion to State revenue through taxes, customs duties, licensing fees and other royalties.

Thirdly, since 2000, MTN Cameroon has been actively involved in the development of individuals and businesses of all sizes. In 20 years, MTN has created more than 1,000 direct jobs and over 200,000 indirect jobs in Cameroon. The company has been certified as an employer of choice by the international organization, Investors in People. Behind these direct jobs are the development of local talent, promotion of local labour, trust in the youth and respect for diversity.

Moreover, MTN is accelerating the country’s digital transformation to contribute to the advent of a viable, and above all, sustainable digital economy, thanks to infrastructure and services. With regard to infrastructure, the country’s access to high-speed Internet is via the WACS submarine optical fibre, which is an initial investment by MTN Cameroon, the landing point of which has been handed over to the State of Cameroon. MTN relies on this infrastructure to offer simple, innovative, accessible and reliable services. For example, access to high-speed mobile internet or the MTN Mobile Money e-wallet has completely transformed the daily lives of people and businesses by making their lives easier.

Finally, it should be noted that, MTN goes beyond its core business to help communities through the first corporate foundation in Cameroon: the MTN Foundation, whose actions in the areas of health, education and access to drinking water impact more than 3 million people every day in the 10 regions of the country. Since the current health crisis, MTN has been working alongside the government and communities with a multitude of high-impact initiatives to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus. As an African company born in Africa, the duty of solidarity is in our DNA.