MTN and Intel team up for MEA broadband push
MTN Group signs Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Intel to jointly deploy WiMAX networks
The collaboration between the two companies covers a wide range of initiatives including increased WiMAX deployment, affordable PC bundles for ordinary African consumers and entrepreneurs, and the introduction of cost-effective internet browsing devices.
The joint effort will also contribute in areas including Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), with an initiative between MTN Foundation and Intel Education's CSR department to equip students and teachers with technology skills; and investment in emerging technology companies which show the potential for advancing the ICT sector by developing products that contribute to solving typically African business and social problems. Such innovations also have the potential to create new industries and offer employment to Africa's growing young population, according to MTN.
"Strategies developed by MTN and Intel to connect the next generation of broadband users in Africa and the Middle East were a perfect fit, which is why we went into discussions to collaborate," said Gordon Graylish, vice president of sales and marketing group of Intel Corporation. He further said that both the companies have the expertise in different aspects of ICT deployment which will help accelerate the bridging of the digital divide in the continent.
Christian De Faria, senior vice president, commercial and innovation, MTN Group said: "We believe this MoU will facilitate the establishment of joint initiatives to support our broadband strategy as well as CSR projects."
The memorandum stresses the importance of industry leaders such as Intel and MTN to collaborate in order to bring in sustainable ICT development to the region. "In this way we can accelerate Africa's entry into the 21st century knowledge and digital economy, which will give its citizens economic opportunities similar to those in developed countries," Graylish added.