MTN gives its customers free access to Wikipedia

Kigali, Rwanda – June 3, 2014 – MTN Rwanda announced a new partnership today with the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit organization that operates Wikipedia and its sister projects. This new ground-breaking agreement, part of the global Wikipedia Zero program, will give MTN customers unlimited access to Wikipedia free of data charges from their mobile devices via MTN mobile internet (2G and 3G). Wikipedia Zero now extends free mobile access to more than 90 million people in Africa.

“We are proud to provide the millions of MTN customers in communities across Rwanda with access to free information and knowledge which Wikipedia, the online encyclopaedia, offers”, said MTN’s Chief Executive Officer, Ebenezer Asante. “Wikipedia Zero is an important component of MTN’s mobile strategy, which focuses on offering access to information and educational content in order to empower Rwanda’s people.”

One of the core values of MTN is its deep commitment to its loyal customer base by providing a unique platform to a bold, new digital world. Through free access to the world’s largest online encyclopaedia and the multitude of education content it provides, MTN proudly continues to bring more value to its users.

“Wikipedia Zero is gaining great momentum across Africa, bringing knowledge to people who might otherwise not have access,” said Carolynne Schloeder, head of mobile partnerships at the Wikimedia Foundation. “We’re thrilled to welcome MTN Rwanda and their subscribers to the free knowledge movement.”

For our customers who lack the means to buy airtime or data for their mobile devices, this new agreement can revolutionize the way they learn and consume information. The Wikipedia Zero program will help MTN support its continued efforts to foster economic empowerment through access to communication.

For more information, please contact: MTN PR Desk Teta Mpyisi

About MTN Rwanda: MTN Rwanda (MTN RWANDACELL Ltd) has been in operation since 1998 with over 3.5 million subscribers and still growing. In its vision of leading the delivery of a bold, new, digital world to our customers, the company offers new and innovative packages and services and keeps up with the latest trends in communications to satisfy its customers


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