South African giant Mobile Telephone Networks (MTN) has enlisted AIRCOM International to provide consultancy services as it installs its nationwide 3G network and continues to serve customers on its 2G network. AIRCOM will provide network quality benchmarking services for MTN South Africa over the next two years. The contract involves testing and analysis of both 2G and 3G network quality data, enabling MTN to identify quickly areas of its network requiring further optimisation. ‘South Africa is proving to be an extremely competitive region as regulatory changes shape the market and network technologies evolve. MTN South Africa’s ability to fine tune its network using the findings and recommendations of our consultancy services is an excellent example of how AIRCOM is working closely with global operators to meet growing customer demand for improved network quality,’ said Graham Kemp, Managing Director, AIRCOM South Africa.
Licensed in 1993, MTN was one of two original GSM mobile network operators in South Africa when it launched commercially the following year, in competition with Vodacom. It has consolidated its position as the country’s second largest operator with a market share of more than 32.5% at the end of June 2007. Its GSM-900 network comprises over 4,000 base stations, with population coverage of more than 97%.