MTN gives Nigerian SMEs data for e-learning, sells Afghan operation for $35m | The Guardian Nigeria News
TECHNOLOGY company, MTN Nigeria has offered up to 2GB of data to access content in text, image or video format on any of its partner learning platforms.
Through the specialized datasets, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Nigeria can access training programs and webinars to improve their business operations.
MTN said it partners with reputable organizations that provide targeted development solutions to MSMEs to deliver the training. Partner organizations currently include global tech giant Google, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), leading non-profit organisation, Fate Foundation and Enterprise Development Center (EDC) from the Pan-Atlantic University, among others. The data plans provided by MTN have been optimized to work on digital platforms such as websites and mobile applications of partner organizations.
Commenting on the partnership, Lynda Saint-Nwafor, Chief Enterprise Business Officer, said the offer demonstrates MTN’s commitment to making life brighter for its customers. “By simply dialing *460*00#, customers can subscribe to our e-learning offer and their data bonus wallet will be activated with up to 2GB of data. Customers can use the data to access learning materials on any of our partner SME learning platforms.
Customers can activate the Learn Pack via USSD and SMS by dialing *460*200# or texting Learn to 131 respectively. Bundle subscription is available for all MTN prepaid subscribers. Customers can also check their plan balance at *460*4*3#, *131*4# and *556#.
Bonus data is designed to run out with usage on any of the platforms. The usage is cumulative and the offer is as low as N200 with seven days validity.
MEANWHILE, at group level, MTN’s plan to sell all of its Middle East business and focus on its pan-African footprint, MTN has received an offer for its Afghanistan business.
The announcement was made as part of the group’s interim results for the six months ended June 30, 2022, which saw the group’s services revenue increase by 14.8% to reach 92.5 billion South African rand. ($5.7 billion) – in constant currency terms.
On a media call last week, MTN Group CEO Ralph Mupita said: “We announced today that we have received a binding offer for 100% of MTN Afghanistan as part of our pan-African concentration. and our exit from the Middle East, subject to the satisfaction of all conditions attached to this binding offer.”
While he did not disclose the name of the company seeking to buy the Afghanistan operation, he did say the deal would represent gross proceeds of $35 million, to be paid over a period of time, and on a discounted basis would equal approximately $31 million in gross proceeds.
“Our intention was to make an orderly exit from Afghanistan, and we were looking to maximize the product that we could get in the context of the macro environment in Afghanistan. So we are very comfortable with the product that we are going to receive – subject to the conclusion of all conditions precedent,” he said.
Mupita said MTN had received a binding offer but was still in the process of reaching share purchase agreements and engaging with the Afghan regulator.
“We are really focused on reducing our footprint to a pan-African focus and reducing the risk profile of the group. So it may not have financial value, but I think it improves the risk-adjusted view of the group,” he said.