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    Cote d’Ivoire: MTN launches alternative solution for electricity access

    APA-Abidjan (Cote d’Ivoire)

    An alternative electricity access solution was launched on Wednesday in Abidjan following a partnership agreement between the Dutch company Lumos Global and South Africa’s telephone operator MTN.

    Lumos Global and MTN-Cote d’Ivoire have explained on this occasion that this solution is a new service of electricity supply payable from a mobile phone. “Households spend a lot on electricity,” the CEO of Lumos-Cote d’Ivoire Stephane Abrahams said.

    “We can transform this situation for all thanks to an innovative mobile phone micro-payment system,” he said, announcing an investment of $100 million for this project in Cote d’Ivoire.

    The Director General of MTN Cote d’Ivoire Freddy Tchala for his part that said “this partnership will enable us to offer the populations living in Cote d’Ivoire in general and to MTN clients in particular, an alternative solution for access to electricity.”

    “By agreeing to accompany this electricity project that is accessible to all, we are committed to reducing poverty by making it easier for more people to access electricity at a lower cost, Tchala noted.

    Aiming 200 households, the pilot phase of this project which will be available from September throughout the country is launched in Yopougon, West of Abidjan and Yamoussoukro.

    Lumos solar power systems harness the power of the sun and turn it into available electricity 24 hours a day. Lumos customers can pay for electricity using their mobile phones.


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