MTN Rwanda: Telecommunications and connectivity in Africa

We take a closer look at MTN Rwanda after the news that its CEO met with Ericsson’s Erik Ekudden to discuss its twenty-year connectivity partnership

MTN Rwanda was launched in 1998 as a provider of voice and SMS services. The launch followed MTN Group, which was founded four years earlier. MTN Rwanda’s portfolio has exponentially grown to include data, wireless internet, Mobile Money services, Enterprise solutions and other Value-Added Services.

Led by CEO Mitwa Ng’ambi, the company has the largest market and value share in the increasingly competitive telecommunications industry in Rwanda. With almost 4mn subscribers its network coverage reaches 99%, with a footprint that is covered by 4G, 3.75G and EDGE networks as well as an extensive fibre network. It is continuing to invest heavily in infrastructure to expand its coverage and capacity across the country and has invested about US$130mn over the last 5 years.

MTN Rwanda’s parent company, MTN Group, is a leading emerging market operator, connecting subscribers in 22 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. 

MTN Rwanda’s CEO meets with Ericsson’s Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer and Head of Strategy, Erik Ekudden, to discuss long-term partnership

Having worked together for the past two decades, MTN Rwanda and Rwanda recently announced that two senior members of their companies met to discuss their long-term partnership in the telecommunications industry. 

MTN Rwanda’s Chief Executive Officer met with Ericsson’s Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer and Head of Strategy, Erik Ekudden, on the sidelines of the annual Broadband Commission meeting where they discussed their long-term partnership. Over the years, the collaboration has seen the establishment of various services and products within MTN Rwanda and Mobile Money Rwanda Ltd closing the digital divide and propelling financial inclusion.

At the time of the news, Mitwa Ng’ambi, said: “Ericsson has been a close and prominent partner over the last two decades in Rwanda. 

“Their services have enabled us to pivot from product to platform, aligning seamlessly with our overarching strategy to provide the largest and most valuable platforms by delivering on 100% network coverage, and bridging the digital and financial gaps currently present. We look forward to achieving these ambitious targets for the betterment of our customers and stakeholders because we believe that everyone deserves the benefits of a modern connected life.”



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