Namibia’s mobile provider pushes for broadband connectivity

Namibia's biggest voice mobile provider, Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) in a bid to increase broadband connectivity in the urban and rural areas has embarked on a 3 year, 1 billion Namibian dollars investment drive, that will see a significant expansion of its 3G and 4G network.

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At a media briefing held on Wednesday in the capital, Windhoek, MTC’s Chief Human Capital and Corporate Affairs Officer, Tim Ekandjo said the move is aimed at delivering mobile broadband accessibility in the main towns, but also to introduce 3G Internet access in peri-urban and rural areas.

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According to Ekandjo, MTC drastically accelerated the capacity expansion of 3G and 4G and took a strategic development to roll out 3G in rural Namibia, with the journey having started in 2015.

“This development will increase the usage of 3G in peri-urban and rural Namibia covering 64 percent of the population,” he added.

According to Ekandjo, MTC, is currently working closely with international vendors to introduce subsidised smartphones which the rural community can afford.

According to Ekandjo, MTC’s Board of Directors has committed significant investments to the project, however MTC has not yet received the spectrum because CRAN has not made a decision to allocate the additional spectrum.

Currently MTC covers 98 percent of the population of nearly 2 million people with more than 650 base stations and repeaters and offers a dual 900/1800MHZ. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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