MTN Rwanda in partnership with KCB to offer BlackBerry® smart phones

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE

Wednesday 15th May 2012

KIGALI: MTN Rwanda has entered into a joint partnership with KCB Rwanda to offer a facility that can allow their customers to own a BlackBerry® smart phone on loan.

The partnership allows MTN customers and KCB eligible account holders to purchase a BlackBerry® handset including one year subscription and pay in 12 instalments.  

Customers can visit any MTN Service center to pick an invoice for the BlackBerry® device of his/her choice, apply for a KCB loan and thereafter enjoy BlackBerry® services.

KhaledMikkawi, MTN Rwanda’s Chief Executive Officer said that, “We are proud to be working in strategic partnership with KCB Rwanda and we feel that the combination of the innovation offered by BlackBerry® services and the KCB Rwanda customer focus will be a unique and successful partnership.”

He added that the partnership is also in line with MTN Rwanda’s commitment to support the development of Rwanda’s knowledge-based economy, by offering relevant innovations in ICT.

According to KCB Rwanda’s Managing Director Maurice K. Toroitich, since Rwanda’s banking industry is at a competitive crossroad, building partnerships with a company like MTN Rwanda as a new contender in the financial industry would facilitate a new form of competition.

“Consumer banking will only accelerate if services offered by financial institutions like KCB converge with services and products offered by leading telecom players like MTN Rwanda. Telecom companies are now offering services like Mobile Money, which are contenders in our industry. So in order to create meaningful competition we prefer to build partnerships,” he said.

BlackBerry® is a brand of mobile smartphone devices developed and designed by the Canadian based Research In Motion (RIM). They are built to function as personal digital assistants, portable media players, Internet browsers, gaming devices, and much more.

They are primarily known for their ability to send and receive push email and instant messages while maintaining a high level of security through on-device message encryption.

MTN is the only provider of BlackBerry® devices and service in the country.

About MTN Rwanda:
Serving you since 1998, MTN Rwanda continues to expand its network, offering new and innovative packages and services. According to Rwanda Utilities and Regulatory Agency by March 2012 MTN Rwanda had registered 2.9 million subscribers. Last week MTN Rwanda also announced a 20 percent reduction on some of the most affordable phones on the market. To find out more about these phones please visit our Facebook webpage www.facebook.com/mtn.rwanda

About KCB Rwanda:
KCB Bank Rwanda Ltd has been providing financial solutions to the people of Rwanda and has grown from one branch in December 2008 to nine in May 2010. Four branches are located in Kigali- Avenue de la Paix, Kimironko, Nyabugogo and Remera and the other five in Musanze, Rubavu, Muhanga, Huye and Rusizi. KCB will be opening two more branches in Kayonza and Gisozi this year and will as well deploy more ATMs. In order to continue serving its growing customer base of about 65,000 to date, the Bank introduced ‘KCB Iwacu Agency Banking’ which is enabling customers to bank and transact in their neighbourhoods.

For Media Inquiries:
KCB Rwanda                                                   MTN Rwanda

Jimmy Mugabo                                               Kezio-Musoke David
jmugabo@rw.kcbbankgroup.com                  keziom@mtn.co.rw
0788306050                                                    0788865917

Stay Connected with MTN:                   Stay Connected with KCB:
www.facebook.com/mtn.rwanda                   www.facebook.com/KCB Bank Rwanda Ltd
www.twitter.com/mtnrwanda                        www.twitter.com/KCBGroup
www.mtn.co.rw                                              www.kcbbankgroup.com

 

   

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