Telecom giant, MTN Nigeria, has splashed over N12.68 billion worth of free SMS to the over 51 million subscribers who have already benefitted from the free SMS provided by the telco as palliative against the effects of COVID-19 Pandemic.
This is also as over 3.71 billion messages have already been sent using the free channel.
Converting this figure into money, judging by the SMS official tariff of N4, it means that MTN has forfeited about N12.68b which would have accrued to it from that volume of SMS conversation.
The telco said the figure means that 75 percent of its entire subscribers has utilised the service
The gesture which the operator flagged off April 2020 was to ensure that its users who may face
unprecedented challenges and uncertainties during the initial phases of the COVID-19 outbreak, would be able to communicate with loved ones, support systems and access information easily.
The telco said: “As of June 19th 2020, we have provided 3.71 billion free SMS to more than 51 million subscribers across every state of the Nigerian Federation; which means 75% of all MTN subscribers have now utilised the service during the pandemic”
Chief Executive Officer of the company, Ferdi Moolman said: “Having entered the third and final month of this, I am hugely encouraged that so many people nation-wide have made use of the service. The three billion-plus text messages sent so far reflects the importance of communication during times like this, especially for the most vulnerable amongst us. I am grateful to our government and regulators, partners and employees for the roles they have played in making the delivery of this service possible, and encourage our subscribers to continue to make use of it until the end of June.”