MTN Guinea (Areeba), a subsidiary of South Africa’s MTN Group, has reportedly deployed 148 new 3G sites throughout the country, according to a company statement quoted by Agence Ecofin. The sites are said to be spread around all four of the country’s geographic regions of Maritime, Middle, Upper and Forest Guinea. The wireless operator announced its licence to provide 3G services in August of last year, with its W-CDMA/HSPA+ network then primarily covering the capital of Conakry. At end-June 2014 MTN lay in second place in the Guinean market with 33.8% of the country’s 2G/3G mobile market share, according to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database.
MTN Guinea also disclosed that it has commissioned 18 additional 2G base stations, mainly in the vicinities of the country’s second- and third-largest cities Kankan and Nzerekore, plus localities around Boke, Faranah and Labe.