MTN's Solar Electricity Service expanding across Katsina State
KATSINA, NIGERIA – MTN and Lumos today announce their commitment to further expand their service across Katsina state, providing accessible electricity to thousands of homes and businesses across the state.
Expansion to Katsina began earlier this year with hundreds of customers already enjoying 24/7 electricity. The announcement took place at the Katsina State Economic and Investment Summit 9th - 12th May 2016 in the presence of His Excellency President Muhamadu Buhari.
MTN and Lumos join the dots between the mobile phone revolution and solar energy. Together they are making modern electricity available to millions of Nigerians through reliable smart solar systems offering electricity as a service paid through MTN mobile phones.
Marketed as the MTN Mobile Electricity, and available at MTN stores, the MTN-Lumos Smart Solar Solution enables Nigerian households and small business across Nigeria to replace expensive, dangerous and noisy generators as well as candles and flashlights with modern solar electricity that can power DC electronic devices such as LED lights, cellphones, fans, computers, TVs (all at once, every day).
The MTN-Lumos solar solution includes a large solar panel linked to an indoor storage unit that allows customers to access significant amounts of power on-demand, day or night. The service is provided on a lease to own basis, and the cost is spread over a 5-year term, payable in affordable payments via mobile phone from an MTN airtime account. Customers receive a full product warranty during the lease period, providing peace of mind and quality assurance.
Existing customers include not only residential users but also empowers small business, healthcare facilities, community buildings and schools.
“We are very excited about this major milestone, which will enable us to accelerate our growth in Northern Nigeria and improve the lives of thousands of Nigerian homes and businesses,” said Yuri Tsitirnbaum, CEO at Lumos Nigeria. "Together with MTN, we are committed to supporting Nigeria's efforts to address power access challenges and pledge to increase our contribution to spreading clean energy solutions that will impact the lives of millions of Nigerians living off-grid".
Lumos is the world’s first distributed utility provider, bringing affordable, modern and clean electricity to communities that have been living off the grid. Lumos joins the dots between the mobile payment revolution and solar energy, through its patented, self-deployable mobile energy system, with integrated cellular payment and advanced security mechanisms. With Lumos, households in the off-grid world can replace kerosene and candles with modern electricity that can that can power lights, cellphones, fans, computers, TVs and other small electronic devices (all at once, every day), and all for the same cost spent today on kerosene on a lease to own basis, purchased via the mobile phone.
MTN Nigeria (MTNN) provides cellular network access and ICT solutions to millions of Nigerians, connecting whole communities with each other and with the rest of the world. MTNN has led the growth in the voice market since 2001 and is now pursuing new growth opportunities in the data and ICT space. This lead position is evident in a differentiated and attractive array of product and service offerings, a growing bouquet of ICT products that have revolutionized the way Nigerians live, work and play.
MTN's leadership position in the area of network investment, coverage, expansion and state of the art infrastructure is also evident - with over 60 million subscribers and more than $15 billion invested in fixed assets and facilities nationwide. MTN is also the first Nigerian company to receive the prestigious Investors in People (IiP) Gold accreditation, a global people management standard. As MTN progresses with the vision to lead the delivery of a bold, new Digital World, the company is guided by a win-win ideology that stimulates economic development and a vibrant and stable society.