10 unbelievable things you didn't know about MTN

A lot has been made of the fine and the consequences on the South Africa-based company but a lot of people barely know more than just the basics about Africa’s largest telecoms company.

A man speaks on a mobile phone as he walks past a MTN shop at a shopping mall south of Johannesburg June 6, 2012.     REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Telecoms giant MTN Nigeria has constantly been in the news for the past few weeks over the $5.2 billion fine imposed on it by the NCC.

A lot has been made of the fine and the consequences on the South Africa-based company but a lot of people barely know more than just the basics about Africa’s largest telecoms company.

Here are 10 things you didn’t know about MTN:

  • The
  • It was originally called
  • MTN was the second company in the world to implement the Pay As You Go system.
  • MTN began expanding into other parts of Africa in 1997 starting with Rwanda, Uganda, and Swaziland.
  • MTN expanded into Nigeria in 2001.
  • MTN is present in 21 countries across the world.
  • According to
  • MTN was the first-ever global sponsor of the
  • According to the
  • MTN are sponsors of the first African international cycling team – the

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