MTN Liberia reveals USD30m CAPEX for ongoing expansion

3 May 2012

Mobile operator MTN Liberia (formerly Lonestar Communications) has announced that it is investing upwards of USD30 million in the country to continue the expansion and implementation of advanced mobile services for its customers. The cellco, part of South Africa-based MTN Group, says the capital expenditure programme is designed to boost coverage to more villages, towns and cities in the African nation. The carrier claims to have rolled out its network to an additional 20 locations in the last twelve months, increasing its footprint to more than 160 locations, boosting network capacity and improving its ability to offer high quality voice and data services to end users. The latest network expansion saw the region of Grand Kru County connected on 2 April. The cellco’s new Grand Kru cell site has been configured with voice-over-IP over satellite, using Demand Assigned Multiple Access (DAMA) technology, it said. The installation of DAMA will give it the ability to expand the site’s capacity in the future with no need to acquire additional satellite bandwidth, and will also increase the speed of EDGE throughout Barclayville and surrounding areas. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database MTN Liberia had just over one million mobile subscribers in 15 Liberian counties at 31 December 2011, a market share of 54.2%.

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