Lumos: Pay-as-you-go solar in Nigeria with MTN

November 16, 2016 | Mobile for Development Utilities | Sub-Saharan Africa | Nigeria | Ilana Cohen

In December 2013, Lumos was awarded a Seed grant to trial the development of a mobile-enabled energy service with MTN Nigeria. MTN Mobile Electricity, an MTN and Lumos co-branded service, offers off-grid customers in Nigeria access to energy-as-a-service via a solar home system (SHS). The PAYG model is enabled by the use of airtime credit and GSM-based machine-to-machine (M2M) connectivity to remotely control and monitor the SHS usage, billing and performance. This case study outlines the lessons learned by Lumos and MTN, with a focus on their deep partnership model.

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