Airtel Nigeria Restates Commitment to Grow SME Business

Airtel Nigeria Restates Commitment to Grow SME Business

Emma Okonji

Airtel Nigeria has reiterated its commitment to support the growth of Small Medium and Enterprise (SME) business in Nigeria, through its data and cloud management solutions.   

The telecoms company stated this during a media roundtable event organised by Airtel Nigeria in Lagos, recently.

The Director, Corporate Communications and CSR, Airtel Nigeria, Mr. Femi Adeniran, in his welcome remarks, expressed gratitude to the media, adding that the roundtable is a platform for Airtel to bring the media partners up to speed on the activities of Airtel Nigeria.

Speaking about Airtel’s commitment to SMEs growth, the Director, Airtel Business, Ogo Ofomata, revealed activities that Airtel Business has been up to in terms of providing data and cloud management solutions to both SMEs and government agencies.

According to her, “Airtel realised that the buying behavior of the private sector is different from the public sector, so this year, we created a special public sector event to showcase how their various parastatals can be upgraded to become more reliable. It was important to showcase to the public sector how their bulky data could be well managed. We had about 46 government agencies represented, to show that we were listening to the needs of the government on the digitisation agenda.”

Head of B2B Sales, Smartcash PSB, Judith Osiobe, also discussed the Airtel Smartcash international remittance service, revealing that the service is to ensure financial inclusion on a global scale.

“We recently launched the Smartcash Remittance Service that offers competitive tariffs compared to traditional means. Customers can simply activate this service by opening an account with an existing mobile number by simply dialing *939# or downloading the app to activate an account. Smartcash is here to stay, and we are changing lives and making financial services accessible for everyone. We are also proud to say that we have the best and cheapest rate in the market when it comes to sorting utility bills on our payment service app,” Osiobe said.

In his presentation, Airtel Nigeria Director of Marketing, Ismail Adeshina, expounded on Airtel 5G rollout and its commitment to innovative service delivery advancement through collaborations.

“Airtel is investing heavily in 5G infrastructure, including towers, base stations, and spectrum licenses, to provide widespread 5G coverage across Nigeria. We are actively collaborating with technology partners, device manufacturers, and local businesses to explore and develop innovative 5G use cases, such as Internet of Things (IoT) applications and smart city solutions,” Adeshina said.

Fielding questions from Journalists about whether 4G will be affected following its 5G rollout, Adeshina said: “Every Airtel site is a 2G, 3G and 4G site. 5G deployment will not affect any of these, especially because the deployment is prioritised based on used cases and the need.”

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