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MTN assures subscribers of its readiness for number porting

By on April 11, 2013

Ahead of the planned commencement of mobile number portability (MNP) in Nigeria, as stated by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), MTN Nigeria has again expressed its readiness to implement number porting in consonance with the policy of the industry regulator.

The NCC last month shifted the date to April in order to get the process ready and avoid any unforeseen challenges when it eventually kicked off in the country.

Speaking at an internal stakeholder forum, MTN’s Corporate Services Executive, Akinwale Goodluck, said the company has put systems in place to make MNP a reality for mobile phone users in Nigeria who are eager to join the country’s most expansive network.

“We have made all the necessary investment in infrastructure and manpower to make MNP a reality. We are confident that at the commencement date, we will be absolutely ready”, Goodluck said.

He disclosed that a series of tests had been successfully carried out on the company’s systems and infrastructure without any hitch.

“We are excited that customers who wish to join the network with the most coverage of Nigeria will now be able to do so without worrying about losing their mobile numbers. As you know, we have made far more investment in our network than any other operator in Nigeria has done, with the result that we are today the clear leader with effective network coverage of more than 85 percent of Nigeria’s land mass and population.

“We have nearly 100 per cent coverage of most major highways in Nigeria and we are gradually moving towards the final laps of a massive, nationwide network modernisation and swap-out exercise that is bound to give the network unequalled capacity and much improved quality of service in the near future. We have no doubt in our minds that mobile phone users on other networks in Nigeria will be eager to port into MTN to avail themselves of these and other benefits they can only find on the MTN network,” he said.

Apart from its massive investment in its core services, Goodluck said the firm was the first operator to create a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) vehicle, MTN Foundation, to implement life-impacting social projects across the length and breadth of Nigeria, Goodluck said.

He added that the company through MTNF had invested over N5 billion in such social projects, which have directly and indirectly impacted millions of lives in the areas of health, education and economic empowerment. The MTN Foundation is known internationally as a credible benchmark of project driven, sustainable corporate social investments in Nigeria.

He affirmed the company’s commitment to continue to seek for ways of adding value to the lives of Nigerians both through the company’s core services and corporate social investment initiatives.

( Guardian )