Namibia’s MTC 4G service expanding out of capital

by / Tuesday, March 19th, 2013
Tim Ekandjo, corporate affairs officer at Namibia’s largest cellco by subscribers Mobile Telecommunications (MTC), has announced that the 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network it launched in May 2012 in capital city Windhoek will be expanded to additional areas of the country in a project to be completed in May 2013, local newspaper The Economist reported. The cellco appears to be sticking to plans previously announced to expand the 1800MHz LTE network to 45% of the population in Q2 2013 in its second phase, as recorded by TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database. ‘Major urban areas’ are expected to receive LTE coverage via the expansion, under plans which Ekandjo says are supported by ‘very good’ service uptake: he reported that a total of around 2,300 4G customers in Windhoek already account for ‘over 34%’ of MTC’s total data traffic, taking the strain away from its 2G/3G network.