MTN invests US$600 million in Ivory Coast in past decade

By Issa Sikiti da Silva

South African mobile operator MTN says it has invested a whopping 300 billion FCFA (about US$600 million) in Ivory Coast (Cote d’Ivoire) in its 10 years of operations in this West African nation.

MTN CI CEO Wim Wanhelleputte told the press last week in the commercial capital Abidjan that the investments include the building and commissioning of two ultra-modern data centres, the expansion of 2G and 3G networks and the setting up of a fibre optic network, among others.

The mobile operator held the event to highlight its achievements of the past decade in this country, as well as to unveil its projects for 2015.

The CEO also said MTN was determined to support the Ivorian government in building a digital economy. However, he said to achieve this feat, it was vital, first of all, to build a digital infrastructure.

MTN was recently crowned the best mobile operator in Ivory Coast by the country’s telecom regulator, which put the number of the network’s subscribers at eight million.

But to continue retaining this crown and consolidate this leadership, he said his company intended to put a particular emphasis on innovation.

"Innovation must be something permanent. Always think and plan for the future,” Wanhelleputte said. “That’s why we must reinvent ourselves every three years or risk being overwhelmed.”

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