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.

MTN, leader of the telecommunications sector in Cameroon, announced the pursued  deployment of MTN Fusion on 21 February 2022, on the sidelines of the Promote 2022 entrepreneurship fair in Yaounde.

MTN Fusion is a partnership development programme between MTN Cameroon, and companies initiated in 2019 with the aim of accelerating the digitalisation of the economy. For the year 2022, the objectives are first of all to consolidate the partnerships implemented since the initial launch of MTN Fusion.

There will also be discussions on the acceleration of the digital transformation of small and medium-sized local enterprises using innovative solutions such as MTN OneView as well as showcasing  the potential of the fruits of partnership such as the centralised monitoring solution for intercity passenger and freight transportation  in Cameroon.

“Digitalization offers opportunities that MTN Cameroon is turning into progress and notably all bringing value to the business world thanks to platforms such as MTN Fusion. Since 2019, for example, we have explored over a hundred partnership projects; over twenty companies are now partners; over a dozen products have been launched in the marketplace with over a hundred customers from all sectors of the economy. This also means lives saved on our road networks thanks to a Public and Private partnership,” explained Franck Gérard Kom, General Manager MTN Business. “With MTN Fusion, we will continue to accelerate the digitalisation of the economy while promoting business development to build a sustainable and beneficial ecosystem for all,” he promised.

Presenting the evolution of MTN Fusion will be on the agenda menu of a two-day exchange, on 23 and 24 February 2022, at the Promote 2022 business fair currently taking place in Yaounde.

The telecommunications leader will also use this opportunity to enable  its partners to share their various experience of collaborating with MTN.

In addition to plenary sessions, there shall be training workshops and Masterclasses to support entrepreneurs in developing their projects.

The leader of the electronic communications sector will support FECAFOOT in the organisation of the best championship in Africa.

MTN, the leader of the Cameroonian electronic communications sector, has announced its return as sponsor of national football competitions. This announcement was made on Monday, February 7, 2022, in Yaounde, at the head office of the Cameroon Football Federation (FECAFOOT), in the presence of the MTN Group President & CEO, Ralph Mupita, Chief Executive Officer of MTN Cameroon, Stephen Blewett and new President of FECAFOOT, Samuel Eto’o.

MTN Cameroon is therefore committed to contributing to the development and modernisation of local football in Cameroon promoted by the new President of FECAFOOT, Samuel Eto’o.

Explaining MTN’s return to sponsoring local football, Stephen Blewett, Chief Executive Officer of MTN Cameroon said: “Football is in the DNA of every Cameroonian. At MTN Cameroon, we love football. We love this country. We are convinced that we must participate in the growth of football in Cameroon. Today, the conditions are right for MTN’s return; we have beautiful sports infrastructures and a management team that is committed to a more professional organisation of national competitions. Our return to football is the beginning of a new day and we are very proud of this comeback.

For the MTN Group, the contribution to the organisation of local competitions will enable MTN Cameroon to be even closer to its customers, all of whom are football lovers. “We connect Cameroonians with our communication services. We also enable them to carry out their financial transactions through Mobile Money. Our subscribers have in common their passion for football. We cannot be close to them without supporting football,” said Ralph Mupita, MTN Group President & CEO, during his stay in Cameroon.

The return of MTN to Cameroonian football comes at the right time for the President of FECAFOOT. “I could not embark on this adventure without this beautiful face of Africa which MTN embodies,  because MTN represents African success. It is important that we support each other, and that Africans show, they can do beautiful things. Thank you, MTN, for supporting us,” said Samuel Eto’o.

The President of FECAFOOT expects a lot from this new partnership. “We are men of challenge. We therefore have the duty to organise the best championship in Africa. To show the example, as MTN has already demonstrated. I wish that  our championship is the best. May the players who will take part in this championship be able to say that finally this a dream come true,” says Samuel Eto’o.

In the past, MTN massively  invested in the development of local Cameroonian football between 2002 and 2018, by supporting the national First and Second Division championships, the Cameroon Cup and in building beautiful sports infrastructures in the localities of Mbouda in the West Region and Guider in the North Region.

MTN, Cameroon’s leading telecommunications company, announces the launch of the Y’ello Xmas caravan dedicated to the celebration of the 2021 festive season with disadvantaged communities from the ten regions of Cameroon.

The city of Douala hosted the first lap of this caravan on 8 December 2021 where 150 children received their gifts from the hands of Father Christmas. The ceremony took place under the patronage of Mrs. Tracy Blewett, wife of the CEO of MTN Cameroon. She was accompanied by the Friends of MTN Foundation and members of the MTN Cameroon Women’s Development Programme.

Dear children, we want this day to be one of your fondest memories. We have taken the opportunity offered by the end-of-year celebrations to assure you that you are not alone. And we intend to stay by your side to build a brighter future with you,” said MTN Cameroon’s General Manager of Human Resources, Mrs. Evangeline Biboum in her circumstantial address.

The cities of Limbe in the South-West region and Yagoua in the Far North region will simultaneously receive the Y’ello Xmas caravan on 15 December 2021. Then the caravan will move on to the cities of Yaounde in the Centre region, then Bafoussam in the West. The operation will enable 500 children, all internally displaced by the ongoing crises in the North-West, South-West and Far-North regions, to experience a dream Christmas.

This 8th edition of the Y’ello Xmas caravan was made possible thanks to the employees of MTN Cameroon who donated all the gifts distributed during this caravan. Initiated in 2013 by the MTN Foundation, this caravan has already brought smiles to more than 10,000 underprivileged children in 90 orphanages and foster homes across Cameroon.

The Cameroon Bloggers Association held its 3rd summit from 11 to 13 November 2021 in Yaounde. An event under the theme “Blogging and Digital Citizenship”, to which MTN Cameroon responded as a partner. The partnership in question enabled the leader of the telecommunications sector in Cameroon to support the largest gathering of bloggers in Central Africa.

Firstly, high-speed Wi-Fi internet was offered to the over one hundred participants during the three days summit to enable them to broadcast to the whole world their deliberations via livestreaming and posts on the various digital communication platforms.

Then there were prizes for participants who distinguished themselves by their hard work in the organizing committee of the event or their activities on social media. They received modems for better access to the indomitable network, airtime and .cm domain names.

The participants also received internet access equipment, domain names and phones that are now part of the Cameroon Bloggers Association’s heritage.

Finally, MTN Cameroon associated  with the Expanded Vaccination Programme for the  organization of  the MTN Hackathon. The theme of the competition was “How to digitalise the immunization offer in Cameroon – Case of the Expanded Vaccination Programme.” Representatives of the fifteen teams each took their turn before the jury composed of representatives of the Expanded Vaccination Programme, the Cameroon Bloggers Association, the African Development Bank and MTN Cameroon.

The Access Vacc, Smart Health and E-Vax projects came first, second and third, respectively. All the members of these teams received phones, modems, airtime and domain names from MTN Cameroon.

Regarding the projects presented, “everyone’s work was appreciated. I note that there is a real need to make available educational information on vaccines to the population,  inform them on our locations, the content of our services and above all, create interactivity with the population. Digitalization is very important for this last point,” commented Dr Shalom Ndoula, First Secretary of the Expanded Vaccination Programme.

“We are proud to be always close to the communities and especially provide them our support. As a digital transformation catalyst in Cameroon, it is our duty to contribute to the use of technology for development,” said the representative of MTN Cameroon at the end of the third edition of the Cameroon Bloggers’ Summit. He also congratulated the participants of the hackathon with a special word for the teams on the podium: “For those who are not first, second or third, you have not failed; tell yourself notably that, you have learned, and you will have other opportunities to put this learning into practice.

MTN is pleased to announce a mobile money partnership with Africa’s leading payments technology company, Flutterwave. This partnership will allow businesses integrating Flutterwave in Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia to receive payments via MTN Mobile Money (MoMo).

MTN MoMo is a fintech platform providing consumers and businesses with an electronic wallet, enabling electronic transfers and payments as well as access to digital and financial services. At the end of June 2021, MTN MoMo had 48.9 million active users and 581,514 merchants. MoMo enables businesses to accept and make payments within the mobile money ecosystem. This new partnership will enable Flutterwave to offer MTN Mobile Money as a payment method to its business customers.

In recent years, Africa has witnessed an explosion in mobile penetration as smartphone adoption has risen rapidly. According to the GSMA, this year Africa will hit the half a billion mark of unique mobile subscribers and the continent will reach 50% subscriber penetration by 2025. Sub-Saharan Africa alone is responsible for more than 45% of the world’s mobile money accounts with the number of account holders exceeding half a billion by 2020, as shared on Statista.

Through this partnership, MTN and Flutterwave will positively contribute to this trend by increasing mobile money usage and penetration in Africa to improve local economies and livelihoods as well as create opportunities for individuals and businesses across the continent.

Commenting on the partnership, Serigne Dioum, MTN Group Chief Digital and Fintech Officer said: “As we progress on our journey to becoming the largest fintech platform in Africa, we will empower millions of businesses to embrace e-commerce in our markets to accept digital payments from MoMo consumers. We believe this is an enabler to accelerating digitized payments in Africa. Building strong ecosystems through partnerships is central to our platform strategy and we will continue to invest in expanding the reach of our platform to consumers and businesses in Africa.”

Commenting on the collaboration, Olugbenga “GB” Agboola, Founder and CEO of Flutterwave, said: “Africa has one of the highest growth rates for mobile money adoption and e-commerce in the world. It makes sense that we help provide a seamless payment method to support and ensure African businesses reap the full benefits of the e-commerce boom in the region. Our goal has always been to grow a new wave of prosperity in Africa by creating more avenues for businesses in Africa to accept payments. With this partnership, we can achieve this while creating endless possibilities for our customers.”  

The new partnership will further expand on Flutterwave’s previous collaboration with MTN, beyond Uganda and Rwanda – with the potential of deepening adoption of digital payments and e-commerce in Africa, a sector expected to reach $29 billion by 2022, according to Statista.

 

Mobile Money Corporation is pleased to announce the launch of its new campaign dubbed “MoMo Pay”, which rewards all payments made from the MTN MoMo account. MTN Cameroon subscribers with an active MTN MoMo account who have made a payment via MTN MoMo of at least 100 FCFA will be able to benefit this promotion which runs from 10 August to 31 October 2021.

Practically, all payments of a minimum of 100 FCFA made between 05am and 10pm are 100% reimbursed either in airtime for calls to MTN, in cash, or in data bonus.

To win cash prizes of up to 50,000 FCFA, the MTN MoMo subscriber must simply make a payment via MoMo of at least 5,000 FCFA. A winner will be chosen every 30 minutes from 08am to 10pm.

Winners refunded in MTN calls and free Internet will receive the full amount of their payment capped at a maximum of FCFA 10,000 per reimbursement. In this regard, the winners will have to activate their bonus by dialing *160#.

The “MoMo Pay” promo is in line with MTN Cameroon’s vision to deliver on its promise to make the lives of its subscribers brighter with simple, accessible, and secure services for greater satisfaction.

This promo is also characterized by an innovation, which is the payment by QR code, at merchant points that accept MTN MoMo, to ease an exceptional customer experience. In this light, customers will need to download the MTN MoMo app while merchants will download the MoMo Merchant app, all of them available on Playstore and Appstore.

With more than 10 million subscribers owning a mobile money account, these innovations help to reinforce MTN MoMo’s position as leader in the merchant ecosystem, and the most secure payment method in Cameroon,” said Alain Nono, General Manager of Mobile Money Corporation.

The “MoMo Pay” promo is valid for payments in high schools, colleges and universities, payment at MTN own-stores, payment of Eneo and Canal+ bills, CNPS contributions, taxes, insurance premiums at Activa, SUNU, Prudential Beneficial, online payments, as well as payment at the over 125,000 active merchant points.

The MTN Mobile Money service is operational in Cameroon for more than 11 years now and enables millions of users to send and withdraw money, receive money from abroad, pay bills free of charge in shops, and pay for various goods and services.

The MTN Mobile Money service, with more than 60,000 active top-up points and 125,000 active merchants who accept payment through MTN MoMo, totals more than 185,000 access points across the 10 regions of the country, and is the largest distribution network in Cameroon, as well as the most secure mobile money platform, with the first and only GSMA certification within the CEMAC zone.