Namibia’s Mobile Telecommunications (MTC) has signed a five-year exclusive deal with Motorola for the supply of GSM/GPRS/EDGE and Canopy access network equipment. Under the contract, Namibia’s sole cellco plans to expand its network to reach 95% of the country’s population, up from its current coverage of 88%. In 2006, MTC aims to focus on road coverage and ensuring that all main routes are covered, as well as improving service quality and reducing congestion on the existing network, spanning 250 base stations. In operation since 1995, MTC had around 430,000 active subscribers at the end of 2005 and offers GSM/GPRS services including MMS, e-mail and internet access. The new deal with Motorola builds on an existing long-term relationship between the two companies.