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Press release: MTN-LUMOS – Unveiling Nationwide Roll-Out of Mobile Electricity Service: Connecting One Million Nigerians to Smart Solar Power in 2017

ABUJA, NIGERIA – MTN, in partnership with electricity company, Lumos, has announced the nationwide rollout of its Mobile Electricity Service with an ambitious commitment to bringing clean and affordable solar electricity to one million Nigerians in 2017.
Lumos and MTN have partnered to bring Lumos’s revolutionary solar technology to Nigeria, the first country in the world to have access to these systems. Already, over 150,000 Nigerians enjoy reliable, affordable and safe solar electricity 24/7 through the service. Customers pay for the Lumos solar system as they go, easily paying with their mobile phones. Purchasing electricity costs less than 50 US cents a day.
Today”s announcement of the nationwide roll out was made by the CEOs of Lumos and MTN Nigeria at a launch event in Abuja where keynote speeches were delivered by the Nigerian Power Minister, Mr. Babatunde Fashola and the US Ambassador to Nigeria. Mr. W. Stuart Symington.
Marketed as Mobile Electricity powered by Lumos, and available at MTN stores, this system enables
Nigerians across the country to replace expensive, dangerous and noisy generators with modern solar electricity that can power lights, cellphones, fans, computers, TVs and other electronic devices (all at once, every day) – for as low as NGN150 per day.
The Lumos technology includes a large solar panel linked to an indoor unit that allows customers to access significant amounts of power on-demand, day or night, all paid for by the credit on their MTN mobile devices. Customers receive full repair services during over five years, assuring peace of mind and a well-delivered product.
The service has been a success to date in Nigeria, aided by the financing of OPIC and initial grants from DFID and GSMA. MTN and Lumos Nigeria, after expanding their partnership with OPIC in 2016, are ready to rapidly scale the service across Nigeria and bring accessible, affordable and clean electricity to one million people in 2017 and many more thereafter.
MTN Quote:
“The MTN and Lumos partnership is poised to scale clean and affordable, off-grid power across all of Nigeria. With the backing of OPIC and Power Africa, MTN and Lumos plan to bring electricity to over 1 million Nigerians this year. The solar technology of Lumos and the easy payment process with MTN airtime provides a seamless customer experience for Nigerians looking for modern clean electricity.”
Lumos Quote:
“We are very excited about this major milestone, which will enable us to accelerate our growth in Nigeria and improve the lives of millions,” said Davidi Vortman, CEO and Co-Founder at Lumos Global. “Having the backing of institutions such as OPIC and Power Africa provides a vote of confidence in our plans and helps spread our service across Nigeria”
Yuri Tsitrinbaum, Lumos Nigeria CEO said “Together with MTN, we are committed to supporting Nigeria’s efforts to address power access challenges and pledge to increase our contribution to spreading clean energy solutions that will impact the lives of millions of Nigerians living off-grid”.

Lumos brings affordable, modern and clean electricity to communities that have been living off-grid. Lumos connects the dots between the mobile payment revolution and solar energy through its patented, self-deployable mobile energy system, with integrated cellular payment and advanced security mechanisms. With Lumos, households in the off-grid world can replace kerosene, candles, batteries and flashlights with modern electricity that can power lights, cellphones, fans, computers, TVs and other small electronic devices (all at once, every day), and all for the same cost spent today on kerosene – on a lease to own basis, purchased via the mobile phone.
MTN Nigeria (MTNN) provides cellular network access and ICT solutions to millions of Nigerians, connecting whole communities with each other and with the rest of the world. MTNN has led the growth in the voice market since 2001 and is now pursuing new growth opportunities in the data and ICT space. This lead position is evident in a differentiated and attractive array of product and service offerings, a growing bouquet of ICT products that have revolutionized the way Nigerians live, work and play.
MTN’s leadership position in the area of network investment, coverage, expansion and state of the art infrastructure is also evident – with over 60 million subscribers and more than $15 billion invested in fixed assets and facilities nationwide. MTN is also the first Nigerian company to receive the prestigious Investors in People (IiP) Gold accreditation, a global people management standard. As MTN progresses with the vision to lead the delivery of a bold, new Digital World, the company is guided by a win-win ideology that stimulates economic development and a vibrant and stable society.