MTN Congo has signed an exclusive operating partnership in Congo for the services of the French startup QuickDo, including its innovation QuickDo-BookBox. The award-winning digital library solution is aimed at schools, universities and cultural centers. This merger will allow the startup to quickly deploy libraries throughout the territory and equip pupils and students with reading tools on the move and adapted to the plethoric catalog that will be offered.
MTN, through its Foundation, intends by this partnership to broaden its action in terms of social responsibility, by supporting all places of knowledge who wish to equip themselves with libraries to offer their public easier and fair access to culture and quality literature. This approach will go far beyond the projects under construction of a hundred libraries on the national territory and the establishment of school-connectivity in faculties.
“Innovation for progress is part of MTN’s essence. We mainly cultivate it internally while retaining the necessary agility to get it outside when the need arises. This is the case with the QuickDo solutions that we are going to deploy in the Congo in an accelerated manner and which will allow more than a hundred schools to be equipped with complete libraries within 3 years and traders in the Congo to sell from their mobile and Mobile Money, ”said Djibril OUATTARA DG, MTN Congo.
“It is a great opportunity and even a great pride to have been detected by MTN Congo and to be able now to rely on its technical expertise and its location to rapidly deploy our innovations and make Congo the showcase of our African ambition”, said Dominique Buende, CEO QuickDo.
QuickDo is a French startup specializing in digital innovations for Africa, in particular QuickDo-Market – a service allowing online payment of products in local businesses and merchants and farmers to sell online from their mobile – and QuickDo-BoockBox ,a physical infrastructure for the distribution of digital content.
By next year around 20 libraries are expected to be set up in Congo and around 100 in a dozen countries in Africa.
About MTN Congo
Subsidiary of the South African group, MTN, a multinational telecommunications company operating in 22 countries in Africa and the Middle East. The MTN Group is present in the following countries: South Africa, Botswana, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria, Uganda, Republic of the Congo-Brazzaville, Rwanda, Swaziland and Zambia. Through the acquisition of Investcom LLC, operations from the following countries have been added to MTN’s portfolio: Afghanistan, Benin, Cyprus, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
MTN CONGO is a mobile telephone company born from the acquisition on December 9, 2005 of LIBERTIS Telecom which already had 6 years of existence in Congo. The share capital increased in 7 years from 10 million to 11 billion FCFA. Today its shares are fully owned by the MTN International Mauritius Group.
MTN’s investment in the Congo increased from 26 billion in 2005 to more than 50 billion in 2008. Investment largely concentrated in strengthening quality and acquiring new sites in the Republic of Congo. MTN Congo is present in more than 300 localities and villages in Congo Brazzaville. The current coverage rate is over 90% of the Congolese population. MTN Congo currently has more than 2,200,000 million subscribers with nearly 300 direct jobs and more than 20,000 indirect jobs. For more information, visit: www.mtncongo.
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