Mobile Telecommunications (MTC), Namibia’s largest mobile network operator (MNO) by subscribers, has announced the completion of phase one of its NAD1.2 billion (USD79 million) 081Every1 network expansion project launched in July 2017, reports New Era Live. Speaking at a press event, MTC executive Tim Ekandjo revealed the company had spent NAD232 million deploying 132 new base transceiver stations (BTS) across the country, of which 122 are already live and carrying traffic while the others are expected to be switched on by the end of March. Stage two of the programme kicked off in early February, with plans to construct another 102 sites by the end of September 2020 at a cost of NAD278 million. The company warned, however, that a significant increase in vandalism and battery theft was hampering service delivery and pushing up costs.
A total of 524 additional sites will ultimately be deployed as part of the 081Every1 project, which is intended to expand MTC’s network footprint to cover almost 100% of the country’s population and upgrade infrastructure to 3G in rural areas and 4G in towns.