With this merger, MTN Business becomes the enterprise business unit of MTN Zambia, thus making the service provider a complete telecommunications solutions provider for business in voice, data and other related services like data warehousing, fibre connectivity, and cloud services.
The announcement of the merger coincides with the launch of MTN Zambia’s cloud computing services, a development that puts MTN Zambia and the country in the realms of countries leading in the technological space.
In a statement at the weekend, MTN Zambia chief executive officer Abdul Ismail said the merger would see MTN Zambia provide end-to-end business solutions to its corporate clientele under one roof.
“Early this year, we announced our vision to lead the delivery of a bold new digital world to our customers. Under this vision, are various strategic pillars like the new business streams that will make communications reliable and convenient to all our customers,” Mr Ismail said.
He said the sole objective was to provide efficient, convenient and innovative enterprise business solutions to businesses of all sizes and in all industries in Zambia.
“We are also talking economies of scale. We will be able to procure supplies affordably as one entity and pass on the savings to our customer through the provision of affordable products and services.” he said.
Until 2010 MTN Business used to operate as UUNET in Zambia when it was acquired by the MTN Group.
The launch of its cloud services follows similar successful launches in other MTN operations like Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa and Cote d’Ivoire.
MTN Zambia chief marketing officer Clement Asante said the impact of digital technology on creating efficiencies and increasing productivity for businesses cannot be over-emphasised.
“The barrier unfortunately in Zambia especially for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and even some large corporate in taking full advantage of digital technologies has been the huge investment required,” Mr Asante said.
[times of zambia]