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South Africa's MTN set to contribute to Iran's 2nd operator cellphone project

Pretoria, Sept 14, IRNA-Mobile Telephone Network (MTN), one of the three telecom giants in South Africa, is firm in its decision to contribute to the second operator cellphone project in Iran, the company's commercial manager Irene Charnley said on Wednesday.

"Iran and South Africa enjoy good political and economic relations and MTN hopes to have a significant share in promotion of the ties," said Mrs. Charnley in an interview with IRNA on Wednesday.

Mrs. Charnley said MTN, taking the second position after Turkcell in the list of winners of the tender project, is determined to deal positively with Iran's proposals for implementation of the project.

She said no official document pertaining to presence of MTN in Irancell Consortium has yet been received from Iran's Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.

She added that her Company appreciates the Iranian partners' point of view on terms and conditions for partnership of foreign companies in the second operator cellphone project in Iran.

She went on to say that the conditions have been set based on Iran's security and economic considerations within the framework of its national law and MTN would remain committed to them.

Mrs. Charnley strongly ruled out rumors that MTN was British in nature, saying, "Such rumors have probably been spread by certain uninformed elements." MTN is one of the three big operators in South Africa, rendering cellphone services in South Africa and seven other African states.

Based on the statistics available by MTN, the company's revenues rose by 21 percent to about five billion dollars in March compared to a year before.

The company's cellphone subscribers numbered over 17 million in June, more than eight million of whom being from South Africa.

MTN was registered in South Africa in 1994 and is now running world's biggest national GSM networks.

The network comprises 4,530 main sites capable of covering 96 percent of population in South Africa.

MTN put the world's biggest cellphone operator network into operation in Nigeria, Africa, in 2001.

It has 6,300,000 cellphone subscribers at present and is capable of rendering services to 58 percent of Nigerian population.

It has also expanded its services to cover four other African states, including Cameroon, Uganda, Rwanda and Swazealand, thus adding 2,300,000 more to the number of its subscribers.

MTN has also been successful in winning a 51 percent share in the Ivory Coast's cellphone operator project in July. The project has now 900,000 subscribers.

A project for full commissioning of Zambia's cellphone operator system is going through the last stage of a contract that MTN is due to sign with Zimbabwe's Telecommunications Company after its final approval by the Zimbabwean government.

A major portion of MTN stocks are traded in South African stock exchange, 18 percent of which belong to the company staff and five percent to the state-run Transnet company.

MTN's general shares constitute 85 percent of Transnet Company's total shares.

Charnley is among highly successful executive directors of MTN, who is responsible for strategic investments by the company.

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