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9mobile Offers Cheaper Call, SMS Rates with Hajj Roaming Plan



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Muslim faithfuls from Nigeria embarking on Umrah/Hajj to Saudi Arabia have many reasons to smile as the innovative and customer-friendly telecommunication network, 9mobile, has again launched a new season of its Hajj Roaming Offer that affords pilgrims the opportunity to make and receive calls, send and receive SMS texts, and use data at much cheaper rates while in the Holy Land.

Starting from May 1 to August 31, 2019, customers of 9mobile on Umrah and Hajj can stay connected with their families, friends and loved ones as the offer allows them to make local calls to Saudi Arabia for as low as N45 per minute.

The offer, which is available on Mobily and Zain networks in Saudi Arabia, also offers calls back to Nigeria at N70 per minute while pilgrims get 200 minutes free incoming calls upon recharge of N5,000.

With the discounted roaming offer, all customers will also enjoy SMS charges of N35 per page as well as a Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG) data rate of 5kobo per 10kb.

Speaking on the new offer, Vice President Marketing, Adebisi Idowu, said 9mobile takes into consideration the large contingent of Nigerians going for Hajj and the need for them to stay connected with their families, friends and relations at such an important time. That is why 9mobile is offering them discounted roaming rates in Saudi Arabia.

“We are a caring brand that is consistently passionate about the comfort of our customers. Thus, in the spirit of the Holy Month of Ramadan, we thought it good to give our customers who are on lesser Hajj this value adding offer, so they can spend less on keeping in touch, and have a productive stay. With these special discounted rates, 9mobile clearly has the best roaming offer that meets our customers’ voice and data roaming needs whilst away in Saudi Arabia”, he stated.

Idowu disclosed that, in addition to the discounted voice calls and SMS, prepaid customers will also enjoy data bundles ranging from 100MB to 1GB at very affordable prices thereby staying connected online 24/7.

He said, “The offer is very competitive and there is no access fee applicable before one can enjoy the offer. With free incoming calls upon recharge of N5,000, we believe that we are the network of choice. 9mobile will continue to maintain its commitment to the welfare of its subscribers with the aim of keeping them in touch with their loved ones.”

Since beginning of the year, 9mobile has consistently continued to delight its customers with numerous customer loyalty reward programmes including the just-completed Northern Promo and Magic Hour Promo in which subscribers won and are still winning fantastic prizes such as free airtime, smartphones, cash and brand-new cars.

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MTN Bars Staff from HQ over Threats by NANS to Disrupt Operations



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Management of MTN Nigeria has directed staffs to stay away from its headquarters in Lagos today in case the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) and some other youth-based groups make good their threats to picket the telecom giant over xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa.


MTN Nigeria is a subsidiary of MTN Group South Africa, which came under threat along with other companies with South African connections over the continuous attacks and killings of Nigerians in South Africa.


According to TheCable, MTN Nigeria received a letter from NANS and other of the planned picketing.


“Right now, I am talking to you from my house. They told us to stay at home because they are scared that the picketing might turn violent.


“The last time that the NLC guys came, some staff sustained injuries and they want to avoid that at the moment.


“We might still go but they want to monitor the situation first.”


TheCable understands that the associations are displeased with the killings of Nigerians in South Africa, thus they made plans to protest at South African businesses.


There have been recorded cases of Nigerians losing their lives in xenophobic attacks in South Africa.


The latest record of a Nigerian who lost their life in South Africa is Elizabeth Ndubisi-Chukwu, deputy director-general of Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (CIIN), who was killed in her hotel room.


At 12pm, the company dispatched buses to pick up staff so normal activities could resume.

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GSMA Signs £38M Funding Partnership with DFID



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The GSMA has announced that it has signed a thirty-eight million-pound partnership with the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID).

The ‘Partnership for Inclusion, Innovation and Scale’ will provide funding for the GSMA’s Mobile for Development work on digital inclusion, digital identity, energy, water, sanitation and the reduction of the mobile gender gap. It will also include two new areas of focus: disability and climate.

“This landmark partnership with DFID reinforces the joint power and potential of the private and public sectors working together and ensures that we will continue our crucial role of stimulating digital innovation to deliver both sustainable business and large-scale socio-economic impact for the underserved,” said Mats Granryd, Director General, GSMA.

“This project reinforces our commitment to supporting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and using the power of technology to reduce global inequalities.”

The partnership will unearth critical insights on the needs of the underserved and identify and invest in mobile-enabled innovations and business models which can drive inclusion at scale. New technologies and business models, such as mobile money and pay-as-you-go (PAYG) solar energy, have been crucial to delivering socio-economic impact to the underserved.

DFID, one of the world’s first donors to embrace digital technologies, has been at the forefront of these innovations.

The GSMA’s Mobile for Development programme is experienced in bringing digital innovations to scale, by engaging the private sector, especially mobile operators and digital innovators.

The new partnership builds on the GSMA’s long-standing relationship with DFID. Since 2013, over 20 million lives across 39 countries have been impacted, of which over 70% have been women. The link-up has already impacted all 17 SDGs, in particular SDG 5 which focuses on Gender Equality, SDG 10 which focuses on Reduced Inequalities and SDG 7 which looks at Affordable and Clean Energy.

The GSMA’s Mobile for Development programme was established to drive innovation in digital technology to reduce inequalities in the world. In particular, the programme aims to deliver sustainable business and large-scale socio-economic impact for the underserved.

The programme sits at the intersection of the mobile ecosystem and the development sector and provides unique research and insights, and in-market expertise that unites the mobile industry, tech innovators, governments and the development community.

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Yolanda Cuba joins MTN as Group Chief Digital and Fintech Officer



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MTN Group has announced appointment of Yolanda Cuba as Group Chief Digital and Fintech Officer.


Yolanda will join the MTN Group Executive Committee reporting to the Group CEO Rob Shuter.


In this role Yolanda will lead the Group’s strategic expansion of its financial services and digital solutions efforts and transformation into a digital operator.


Yolanda brings extensive telecommunications and leadership experience to MTN Group.


She joins MTN Group from Vodacom, where she served as Chief Officer of Strategy and M&A.


She was previously the CEO of Vodafone Ghana for a three-year period, a role that saw her named Telecom CEO of the Year in 2018.


“This role gives me the opportunity to drive digital innovation and financial inclusion across the Group’s vast footprint.


“I’m really looking forward to the new challenge and being part of the MTN leadership team”, said Yolanda.


Rob Shuter said, “We are very pleased to bring an executive of Yolanda’s calibre into MTN Group.


“Yolanda is a highly qualified and experienced executive, with a unique combination of operational telecommunications experience as well as finance, financial services and digital skills.


“I am confident that Yolanda’s leadership will place us in good stead as we intensify our efforts to build a digital ecosystem and scale our fintech offering across our markets”.


Under Yolanda’s leadership, MTN will continue to progressively grow the fintech and digital opportunities in Africa as we see these areas as major drivers of our BRIGHT growth strategy. Yolanda’s start date will be communicated in due course.



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