MTN Cote d'Ivoire (MTNCI), a subsidiary of South Africa-based MTN Group, is currently conducting a pilot phase of 5G in the West African country with beach resorts and rainforests.
MTN Group said in a press release that it has launched the construction of a headquarters for MTN Cote d’Ivoire, as well as the start of a local trial of 5G services in Abidjan.
Both took place during a state visit to the West African country by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, it said.
“The construction of this head office is indicative of MTN’s long-term commitment to Côte d’Ivoire,” said MTN Group Chairman Mcebisi Jonas, who led the MTN delegation alongside Group President and Chief Executive Officer Ralph Mupita.
“Our strategic intent is to provide leading digital solutions for Africa’s progress, and our presence here today illustrates the importance of MTNCI to the Group’s overall portfolio,” said Mupita, adding that MTN had operated in the country since 2005.
MTN Group owns 58.8% of MTNCI, which is one of three mobile operators in the country, with a market share of around 35%. At the end of June 2021, it had 13.7 million subscribers, of whom 4.9 million were active data users. It had 4.8 million active Mobile Money (MoMo) subscribers, making it one of the Group’s top MoMo operating companies.