The mobile telephone network giant MTN has announced they will be giving free international calls and SMS to their Nigerian customers in the diaspora due to the Ukraine-Russia crisis.
MTN noted that this offer would support their customers to stay in touch with their loved ones in Ukraine by eliminating Ukraine’s high cost of international telecommunications regulations (ITR) to Ukraine’s direct international dialing (IDD)
“We understand that some of our customers in Ukraine have experienced challenges to contact their loved ones. As a result, we have stepped in with support to ensure that our customers, both at home and in Ukraine, can still connect with family and friends. Our customers will benefit from the waived SMS and voice call fees to and from Ukraine. This blanket waiver has been put in place to respond immediately to the need.
We’ve worked closely with our industry body GSMA to make the connection easier. While MTN does not have operations in Ukraine, we have heeded the call to remain responsive to our customers in their time of need,” the statement reads
What you should know Know!
On February 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered troops to breakaway regions in Ukraine. Ever since, Nigerians in the diaspora(Ukraine) have been caught stranded, and different companies have been trying their best to support Ukraine.
MTN further stated that every active MTN subscriber would receive 30min free voice calls and 50 free SMS to Ukraine, which is valid till March 31, 2022