MTN Uganda targets data with cashless agenda
March 29, 2018—MTN Uganda Chief Executive Officer, Wim Vanhelleputte, has said the telecom company wants to use the next 10 years to focus mainly on expanding its data network and mobile money services.
Vanhelleputte who was speaking shortly after a public hearing on renewal of its operating license at the Uganda Communications Commission headquarters in Kampala said, “Our main focus going forward in the next 10 years, is definitely on two things; data – today, we only cover about 50% of Ugandans and we expect to go up to 99%. The next item to focus on is to take our mobile money services to the next level; this will promote a digital economy through a cashless society.”
He said MTN Uganda wants to be a key partner with the government in development of the new economy that will drive on mobile money and financial inclusion. He said the telecom will continue to give opportunities to customers in largely rural areas to have access to financial services.
“We will do our best to provide affordable data solutions to all. We pledge to remain the most trustworthy, consistent and reliable partner of development in Uganda,” Vanhelleputte said.
MTN Uganda has more than half of the country’s mobile subscribers and was the first to introduce mobile money in Uganda almost 10 years ago.