MTN has signed tripartite agreement with Nova Lumos BV and Schneider Electric to provide alternative and affordable electricity supply called ‘Mobile Electricity Solution’.
The Mobile Electricity Solution is an MTN SIM-enabled solar based system that will enable Nigerians to enjoy about 70watts of electricity. The energy generated is sufficient to power several household items including Fan, Radio set, Laptop Computer, Light Bulbs, TV set and Handset chargers.
Speaking on behalf of MTN at the unveiling of the product developed by Nova Lumos BV and the official signing ceremony among the partners, the Senior Manager, Business Development, Marketing and Strategy, MTN, Henry Okoede explained that the initiative is fuelled by the company’s passion to make life abundantly better for its teeming subscribers.
“The MTN vision of a bold new digital world is all about the positive impact of MTN mobile telephony and technology in the daily lives of our customers. It is about reducing exclusion and social disparities. Today, we officially announce a partnership with Nova Lumos and the GSMA to deliver mobile electricity to MTN’s subscriber’s homes that have limited electricity or live off the national electricity grid,” he said.
Speaking further, Okoede stated that the partnership is in line with the company’s strategy of pursuing collaborative models with partners whose vision are aligned with its goals of fostering social economic development in Nigeria.
Chief Executive Officer, Nova Lumos, Davidi Vortman said his company is determined to assist Nigeria at this present time in making people in the rural areas have access to affordable electricity. “The goal of the innovation is to provide uninterrupted power supply in Nigeria homes, most especially these that are unconnected to the national electricity grid. And we foresee a resourceful partnership in MTN as a leading and innovative ICT company to achieve this objective,” he affirmed.
In his speech, Marcel Hochet, the country president for Schneider Electric said the company is giving technical assistance to the project. “We at Schneider support technically and financially the development of solution and MTN is providing its infrasrtructure and pre-payment facility”
He said with over 1.3 billion of people around the world without access to energy out of which 600 million are in Africa, Hochet said the solution was produced with Africa in mind.