With a view to boosting capacity on its mobile network, MTN Zambia has introduced a mobile base transceiver station (BTS) dubbed ‘Cell on Wheels’ (‘CoW’), according to the Zambia Daily Mail. A network tower mounted on a truck, the CoW will reportedly help both boost capacity, while also allowing the operator to extend to coverage to areas where large numbers of people occasionally gather. As such, MTN Zambia’s chief technical officer Ernest Paul claimed the mobile BTS is a perfect solution for fast deployment of cells for short-term applications at special events such as traditional ceremonies, soccer matches and concerts, noting: ‘Zambia has occasional events in sparsely populated areas in support of traditional ceremonies, soccer matches and concerts … Traffic on our fixed BTS sites during these events is usually high and so as to ensure uninterrupted quality reception as well as increase capacity of our network, we have invested in the ‘Cell on Wheels’, which will be a regular feature at these important events.’
Meanwhile, the executive has also confirmed that MTN Zambia is continuing to implement a network expansion programme which is expected to be completed by the end of the third quarter of 2013. As previously reported by CommsUpdate, in December 2012 MTN Zambia announced plans to spend around ZMK250 billion (USD46.7 million) in 2013 on upgrading the technology it uses to offer its wireless services.