According to Afam Edozie, MTN's chief marketing and strategy officer, "we have as at July 22, recorded a total of 505,000 active subscribers on the MTN network.
This is very significant and the first time that any telephone network in Nigeria would cater to such a number of subscribers at any one time".
Expressing thanks to the Nigerian people, Edozie
stated that it is our belief as a company that "such an impressive uptake of our services is a reflection of the trust and confidence which our country reposes in our ability to provide good communications".He
added that "we particularly appreciate your understanding at periods when our network, under pressure due largely to country infrastructural shortcomings, failed to meet your expectations".Edozie
assured that regardless of the teething problems currently being encountered by the company, "we are assiduously ploughing back revenues derived from the Nigerian market into developing the country's telecommunications infrastructure". MTN
stated, is planning to invest well in excess of one billion dollars into the Nigerian economy over the next five to eight years.Parts of this will go into providing electricity for its installations as well as the erection of a microwave radio transmission backbone across Nigeria."We assure Nigerians that in the next few months when we complete our microwave radio transmission backbone, the quality of service on our network will approach world class standards".The company's microwave radio backbone, he
added, will pass through "dozens of Nigerian towns and villages and facilitate coverage of such towns and villages including road coverage between these locations, as pioneered by our coverage since mid-June, of the Port Harcourt - Aba Expressway".
The company, he
stated, is also committing significantly to developing Nigeria's telecommunications resource base."We have put in a place a scheme of skills transfer for our staff, by which Nigerian staff work in small, well-structured teams with their expatriate counterparts, sharing and transferring skills, knowledge and expertise".The microwave radio backbone being built across the country, he
added, "is a practical demonstration of our commitment to Nigeria's development in this regard, as we have empowered our engineers to oversee the development of this backbone themselves, rather than contract it to a third party".