Visafone workers inherited by MTN are to be retrained so they have the requisite skills for engaging the new 4G and long term evolution (LTE) technology.
Sector analysts say the acquisition is expected to provide MTN with a robust voice and data platform of Visafone and cater for booming internet population of the country. It was gathered that selected workers of Visafone are likely to commence the retraining immediately ahead of the launch of the new data service.
MTN Executive, Ms. Amina Oyagbola, said the acquisition which seeks to leverage resources for service enhancement is also reflective of the telecoms concerted efforts to deepen the growth and roll out of broadband services across the country. It will also help to realize other targets of the plan.
Oyagbola said: “The acquisition of Visafone highlights MTN’s commitment to Nigeria. More capacity will facilitate enhanced product/service offerings and experience in the data space to the delight of our valued customers. Voice is still King. However, data is becoming increasingly important in our everyday lives and our energies are focused on enhancing data and internet services to the benefit of our customers and the country at large.”
The 4G LTE technology is particularly good for the country and economy because it will create conducive platform for enhanced product/service innovation which will ultimately lead to the creation of new jobs. Telecoms industry watchers have commended the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) for the hitch-free merger, adding that such should be encouraged.
This initiative is widely applauded as a major telecom industry landmark deal.