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MTN and 9Mobile join forces for a mobile-network sharing agreement

Both parties will ask the Nigerian regulator’s permission for an agreement to let customers share their networks

South African multinational mobile telecommunications company MTN and 9Mobile have joined forces to seek permission for a mobile-network sharing agreement, media reports said. Both parties will ask the Nigerian regulator’s permission to let customers share their networks, according to 9Mobile chief executive officer Alan Siefield.

Sinfield argued that a pilot-free roaming scheme in Ondo State allowing customers of each company to switch to the network of the other where its own has no coverage has run smoothly.

Last year, MTN announced the appointment of its new chief executive officer (CEO) for its unit in Libya. The telco has appointed Rahul De, who is currently serving as the chief marketing officer (CMO) of MTN Nigeria. Rahul tookover as the CEO of MTN Libya Lonestar Cell on November 1, 2020. He replaced Uche Ofodile, who departed in July to become the chief executive of MTN Benin.

Rahul De, who joined MTN in 2011 as chief marketing officer of MTN Ghana, spearheaded the team that is driving digital transformation in the country, from a voice and data centric organisation to one which drives a digital and fintech future. He has an MBA in International Business, a bachelor’s degree in science and 23 years of experience in the telecom industry.

MTN announced an R250 million relief package to fight against the coronavirus pandemic. According to MTN, the fund focused on employees, customers, vulnerable groups, contributions to the government’s Solidarity Fund and participating in industry interventions.

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