MTN Nigeria and Nova-Lumos Partner to Bring Affordable Alternative Mobile
Electricity to Nigeria for the First Time
LAGOS, Nigeria, April 8, 2014
LAGOS, Nigeria, April 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
MTN, the leading ICT company in Nigeria and Nova-Lumos, the world's first
distributed utility provider, announced their collaboration today on a
next-generation alternative "mobile electricity" service. The Nova-Lumos
service will provide alternative electricity to MTN customers who are living
in rural areas across Nigeria and are not connected to the electricity grid.
The Nova-Lumos service is provided using a solar panel and an indoor unit that
allows MTN customers to subscribe to alternative electricity on demand using
their mobile phone. With Nova-Lumos, MTN customers can replace kerosene,
candles and flashlights with modern electricity that can power significant
lights, cellphones, fans, PCs or laptops, radios, TVs and other small
electronic devices, all at once, every day. "By paying for usage only in small
payments, the same way our customers purchase airtime and other mobile
services, MTN and Nova-Lumos will offer an innovative and widely-accessible
service for all MTN customers," said Michael Ikpoki, MTN Nigeria CEO. "MTN is
committed to investing in the future of mobile electricity to our customers
across Nigeria," he added.
The first Nova-Lumos systems will be publicly available on the MTN service
points for the general public soon. A future announcement about the systems'
availability will be made by MTN.
"We are very excited about our partnership with MTN which will enable us to
distribute the Nova-Lumos power systems across Nigeria and touch millions of
lives," said David Vortman, CEO and Co-Founder at Nova-Lumos. "One of our
guiding principles is that the Nova-Lumos service must be affordable and
accessible to anyone in Nigeria in order to have a meaningful impact on the
Nigerian electricity market," he emphasized.
Nova Lumos in partnership with MTN Nigeria received funding from the GSMA's
Mobile Enabled Community Services (MECS) Innovation Grant Fund with the
support of the UK Government. This grantis awarded to organizations
developing innovations that improve access to energy and water among
undeserved communities by leveraging mobile technology and infrastructure. The
MECS Innovation Fund has helped to highlight the demand for mobile-enabled
services and the role that mobile can play in supporting access to basic
utility services across rural and urban markets.
About MTN Nigeria Communications Limited
MTN Nigeria Communications Limited, is the leading ICT company in Nigeria
providing digital global system for mobile telecommunication and other value
added services for customers in Nigeria and West Africa. Its products and
services include various packages, value added services, Internet services,
international roaming, phones and devices. For more information go to
Nova-Lumos is the world's first distributed utility provider, bringing
affordable, modern and clean electricity to communities that have been living
off the grid. By providing clean and affordable solar power and an innovative
financing plan, Nova-Lumos removes old barriers and brings modern energy into
off-grid homes and small businesses. For more information go to
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