MTN to spend USD25 million on expansion, upgrade projects

23 Mar 2010

Zambian mobile network operator MTN Zambia has revealed it has set aside USD25 million for upgrade and expansion projects in 2010, according to the Times of Zambia. A bulk of that investment will go towards expanding the cellco’s network to those districts that it does not yet cover, and MTN CEO Farhad Khan noted that work was already underway in seven such regions: Shang’ombo in Western Province; Chiengi, Chilubi and Milengi in Luapula; Chama in Eastern Province; and Chavuma and Kasempa in North Western Province. Commenting on the expansion plans Khan said: ‘We will be expanding our network coverage this year and we target completion for August to completely cover the whole of Zambia.’ In addition, MTN Zambia has said it expects to boost its subscriber base to 1.5 million by December 2010; according to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database the cellco had 1.17 million mobile voice customers at end-2009.

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