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When MTN Eswatini switched on its cellular network and connected Emaswati to a new mode of communication it was a revolution that, in the 20 years since, has irrevocably changed the way we live.

Even though experts had predicted that the business would never succeed, the government had decided that it was necessary as a means of attracting investment and to keep Eswatini at par with world trends at the time. Never was the impact and success of a business project so underestimated as that of Eswatini MTN.

Cellphone communication was a wonderful development and the last major investment to come to our shores. The Kingdom of Eswatini was the last country in the SADC region to switch on to the cellphone network.

Brighter moments

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2019

MTN Eswatini crowned with the platinum accreditation for the Global IIP Award.

2019

MTN Pulse launches the first season of The Spotlight; a talent show aimed at unearthing young talent across all four corners of the kingdom.

2019

MTN Eswatini has the first MTN iPraise Gospel Music festival; a partnership with Destiny Group.

2018

MTN Eswatini launches MTN Fixed services.

2017

MTN Eswatini crowned the best operation when it comes to implementation of the 21 Days of Y’ello Care. This is MTN Group’s flagship corporate social investment initiative undertaken from 1 – 21 June every year. As a result of the successful implementation of this initiative, we won the MTN Group President CEO’s top Award which comes with prize money of E1.4 million.

2017

MTN Group recognizes MTN Eswatini as the best MoMo operator within the Tier 3 Operating Companies (Opcos). With the highest activity ratios within the Group. Over 60% of our registered base of customers is active on a monthly basis.

2017

MTN Eswatini wins the Award for being the best place to work at across all MTN operations.

2017

MTN Eswatini sponsors the first MTN SWAMAs aimed at recognizing and celebrating artists who've contributed to the growth of the arts locally.

2016

MTN Eswatini gets gold- accreditation by United Kingdom-based Investors in People (IIP), a global benchmark of good people management practice which tests workplace trends and leading practices. These awards put us in the top 5% global of companies who have been accredited

2016

A strategic decision was made by the Swazi MTN Board of Directors and shareholders to revamp the network in 2016. Huawei emerged as the preferred vendor to modernize the entire network. During which 4G or LTE (Long-term evolution) was also introduced

2015

The first MTN Rhymes and Laughter is held. A collaborative initiative of local entertainment industry giants; Khulekani Mamba (aka Karly B), Thamsanqa Sibandze (aka KrTC of Hip Hop), Khonzumthetho Kunene (aka Anakhonza), and Larry Mhlanga.

2015

According to the FinScope Report 2015, MoMo contributed 21% towards Financial Inclusion since its launch in 2011.

2013

Marks the commencement of a partnership between MTN Eswatini and the MTN Khemani Cycling Club (KCC). This partnership gave birth to the first MTN Khemani Road Classic in September 2013.

2013

MTN Eswatini and Destiny Group partners to host multi-award-winning gospel group MTN Joyous Celebration.

2013

His Majesty King Mswati III officially launches the MTN Eswatini Head Office at Ezulwini, and further christens it ‘Mahlalekhukhwini’ House.

2011

MTN Eswatini introduces Mobile Money in a bid to contribute to the country’s aspiration to promote financial inclusion.

2011

MTN Eswatini partners with ZTE to roll out 3G, one of the big two suppliers from the Far East that were making inroads as global equipment suppliers

2006

The first MTN Bushfire music festival is held.

2003

MTN Eswatini partners with the Premier League of Eswatini to kick of the MTN PLE.

1998

MTN starts operating in the Kingdom of Eswatini.