South African MTN, Africa’s largest mobile operator, said it has closed four outlets and service centers in Nigeria.
This decision follows the xenophobic violence in South Africa, targeting foreign nationals including Nigerians. In a statement received by the press on Wednesday, 4 September, the operator said that this measure was taken for reasons of caution. “While we remain committed to providing uninterrupted service, the safety of our customers, our staff and our partners is our primary concern,” the document said.
The South African group also said it is working hard with the relevant authorities and other stakeholders to stabilize the situation between Nigeria and South Africa. As a reminder, Nigeria is the largest MTN market with more than 60 million subscribers. Revenues reached 282 billion naira, or approximately 788 million dollars, in the first quarter of 2019.