Namibia’s MTC expands mobile network via satellite

12 Jan 2007

Namibian GSM operator Mobile Telecommunications (MTC) has invested NAD17 million (USD2.4 million) in satellite technology to expand the reach of its GSM network to remote regions. The country’s only cellco has awarded a contract to Advanced Telecoms for the implementation of a satellite backhaul system, with implementation and support being provided by domestic satellite firm SatCom. The rollout will see terminals deployed countrywide and will enable MTC to expand its coverage into previously unserved rural areas, including desert zones. The first phase of the project was completed in November last year to cater for some 15 new base stations while a number of others should be deployed by end-February.