The telecommunications giant, MTN, in partnership with electricity company, Lumos Global, yesterday announced a nationwide rollout of its mobile electricity service (MES) with an ambitious commitment to bring clean and affordable solar power to one million Nigerians in 2017. This is a major milestone in the development of Nigeria’s off-grid electricity market.
Lumos had raised $90 million in late 2016, one of the largest ever investments in the off-grid industry and bring affordable, modern and clean electricity to communities that have been living off-grid in the country and beyond.
Under this partnership, Lumos brings its revolutionary solar technology to bear in Nigeria, the first country in the world to have access to this system. Already, over 150,000 Nigerians are enjoying reliable, affordable and safe solar electricity 24/7 through the service, as customers pay for the solar systems on pay-as-you-go, easily with their mobile phones and purchase electricity that costs less than 50 US cents daily.
Marketed as Mobile Electricity powered by Lumos, and available at MTN stores, this system would enable users across the country to replace expensive, dangerous and noisy generators with modern solar electricity that can power lights, cellphones, fans, computers, TVs and other electronic devices (all at once, every day) or as low as NGN150 per day.
A statement from the telecom operator, which was sighted by IT NEWS NIGERIA, said “The MTN and Lumos partnership is poised to scale clean and affordable, off-grid power across all of Nigeria. With the backing of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and Power Africa, MTN and Lumos plan to bring electricity to over 1 million Nigerians this year. The solar technology of Lumos and the easy payment process with MTN airtime provides a seamless customer experience for Nigerians looking for modern clean electricity.”
The Lumos technology includes a large solar panel linked to an indoor unit that allows customers to access significant amounts of power on-demand, day or night, all paid for by the credit on their MTN mobile devices. Customers receive full repair services during over five years, assuring peace of mind and a well-delivered product.
According to Davidi Vortman, Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of Lumos Global, “We are very excited about this major milestone, which will enable us to accelerate our growth in Nigeria and improve the lives of millions,” adding having the backing of institutions such as OPIC and Power Africa provides a vote of confidence in our plans and helps spread our service across Nigeria.
Corroborating Vortman, Yuri Tsitrinbaum, Lumos Nigeria Chief Executive said, “Together with MTN, we are committed to supporting Nigeria’s efforts to address power access challenges and pledge to increase our contribution to spreading clean energy solutions that will impact the lives of millions of Nigerians living off-grid”.
MTN Nigeria (MTNN) provides cellular network access and ICT solutions to millions of Nigerians, connecting whole communities with each other and with the rest of the world. MTNN has led the growth in the voice market since 2001 and is now pursuing new growth opportunities in the data and ICT space. This lead position is evident in a differentiated and attractive array of products and service offerings, a growing bouquet of ICT products that have revolutionized the way Nigerians live, work and play.
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