Rural Telephone Project
The RTP has been deployed in 36 states across Nigeria including the FCT impacting over 9,500 direct beneficiaries, 65,000 households and an extended impact of 1 million individuals. The RTP in 2006 received the GSM Association Award in the category of Best Mobile Community Service. The award recognizes and applauds those who work in the background of the mobile telecommunications industry or apply the mobile wireless technology in a unique way for the benefit of their local community or the community at large.
Following the national consultations carried out by GBF in 2000 on behalf of the NCC, a community phone pilot was launched in April 2002 in Enugu State by GBF tagged “Ogene” which means gong in the Ibo language. 5 women (phone ladies) from 3 communities were the first beneficiaries of this pilot, which later expanded to include 65 phone ladies across 20 communities over the next 18 months. Today, the RTP with a value of over N300 million is a cooperation between GBF, MTN Foundation (MTNF), which is the CSR arm of MTN Nigeria, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and a group of small communal microfinance institutions (MFIs).