Subscribers sent two billion free text messages – MTN Nigeria

MTN Nigeria said on Thursday that more than two billion free text messages had been sent by over 40 million subscribers in Nigeria.

The telecommunications firm disclosed this in an update on the utilisation of its network initiatives to provide its customers and partners with connectivity during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It said, “In addition to MTN’s direct contributions to support the fight against COVID-19, including support to CACOVID (N1bn), federal and state governments (communications support) and the NCDC (devices, airtime, SMS channel and data), MTN has provided our customers with a range of free services to help make communication easier.”

The firm said as at May 15, 2020, about 3,000 terabytes of free data had been utilised to access zero-rated health websites and access its Ayoba messaging app.

It said over 1.7 million free money transfers were done by about 100,000 people using the MoMo Agent Network, an offer that ended May 1.

The Chief Executive Officer, MTN, Ferdi Moolman, said, “Since we began providing 300 free SMS per month to our subscribers, more than two billion SMS have been sent by more than 44 million subscribers, demonstrating the universal appeal and accessibility of SMS as a communications service.

“We are proud to have been able to reach so many people and are committed to continuing to provide this service. As we continue to navigate this pandemic, we are focusing our efforts on trying to ensure no one is left behind.”

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