MTC aiming for 45% LTE coverage by end-2013, launching fibre access

5 Nov 2012

Namibia’s largest cellco by subscribers MTC aims to cover 45% of the country with its 4G LTE mobile network by the end of 2013, its CEO Miguel Geraldes told a conference last week. As reported by The Namibian newspaper, Geraldes also talked about plans to extend MTC’s fibre-optic network to offer direct fibre services to businesses, and at a later stage to households. The CEO said MTC is installing fibre rings in Windhoek. MTC spent NAD50 million (USD5.6 million) to launch the 4G mobile network in May this year, and has earmarked an additional NAD100 million in 2012 for the technology. The cellco also invested NAD150 million in connectivity on the WACS submarine cable and a further NAD100 million in other infrastructure, with further development projects estimated to cost NAD250 million. Within the next three years MTC intends to make investments worth NAD1.2 billion. Geraldes added that MTC is adopting growth strategies from shareholder Portugal Telecom, including convergence technologies such as fibre-to-the-home (FTTH).

Namibia, Mobile Telecommunications (MTC)