It has emerged that telecommunications giants, MTN has spent GhS107 million to assist the fight against the spread of coronavirus, the pandemic that has caused havoc to humanity ever since it emerged in October 2019 in Wuhan, China. This was revealed during the online Editors forum organised by MTN to give overview of the operations of the company to the media today.
Ghana recorded its first Covid-19 case in March and government subsequently announced measures to help minimise the spread of the virus including restrictions on movement, and others. Citizens were entreated to stay home and work from the house.
As a company that has the welfare of customers at heart and the nation in general, MTN committed substantial amounts of money to complement efforts of government to stop the spread of the virus.
GhS 29 million was spent on staff in the area of provision of Personal Protective Equipments for front line staff, Welfare fund, staff training and others.
GhS72 million has been spent on customers since March to make their lives comfortable even as they had to work from home. As a result of the restrictions on movement, customers relied on Internet to access information and MTN reduced the cost of data bundles.
Some initiatives embarked on to assist customers include 50% increase in International bandwidth with 100 new sites, free access to over 200 educational websites, free Mobile Money P2P transfers up to GhS100 daily, among others.
Government directly benefited from MTN’s initiatives summing up to GhS6 million. These supports include free access of the smart workplace portal for all Government of Ghana workers, donation of GhS5m of Personal Protective Equipments for front line health workers, donation of 10 Turbonet devices with 2 terabytes of data to Ministry of Information and so on.
Below is the sectoral breakdown of investment made by MTN:
Staff GhS29 million:
Supply of PPEs for all frontline staff
45 buses arranged for frontline staff transportation
Welfare fund established that raised
GhS320k from 260+ staff
800 extended workforce staff have benefited from the welfare fund
Staff Covid-19 awareness and
training (Videos, email, SMS, Online)
Daily health monitor survey to
capture data to support staff at risk, at peak ~90% of staff were working, from home on a daily basis.
Customers GhS72 million:
Network resilience (50% increase in international bandwidth, 100 new sites),
Free access (zero-rate) to over
200 educational websites, 4.5m customers, consuming over, 150 Terabytes of data
Free MoMo P2P transfers up to
GhS100 daily, free Covid-19 news channel on our, ayoba super app
Fee access (zero rate) of the Smart, workplace portal for all GoG workers
Donation of GhS5m of PPEs for frontline health workers
Donation of 10 TurboNet devices with over 2 Terabytes of data to MOI
Free access to shortcodes for Covid-19 response for MOI and GHS, customer education including (SMS)
CRBT, BE WISE campaign etc.), donation of digital equipment to Noguchi Memorial worth GhS42k
Distribution of 85k masks to various.