MTN wants 16 million users on its WhatsApp competitor – Ayoba

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Ayoba is a communications app localised for African and Middle East consumer needs, under an independent Over the Top (OTT) brand with tailored features for MTN customers.

The app has been integrated into 12 MTN markets including South Africa, and supports many local languages spoken across these markets including isiZulu, isiXhosa, Pidgin, Yoruba, Swahili, Hausa, French and English.

Speaking at the group’s annual results presentation on Wednesday (11 March), outgoing MTN group president and chief executive officer, Rob Shuter said that the group aims to have 16 million users before the end of the year. He said that through the app, MTN wants to create an ecosystem for users, “a super-app for Africa”.

He said that the next step for the app would be the introduction of money transfers, with users being able to make and receive payments via Mobile Money.

This is part of a plan to grow and strengthen the group’s digital offerings with part of the business reflecting a disappointing blip on earnings over the past year.