Telecom Namibia has further extended its 3G and 4G mobile networks in urban and rural areas across the country, reports Economist Namibia. Telecom Namibia acting CEO Laban Hiwilepo has revealed the company upgraded 63 sites and deployed ten new base stations between December 2019 and April 2020 in an effort to ‘optimise its performance and mitigate against network strain’.
The company has activated new 4G sites in Ekoka, Oshikunde, Oshuuli, Odibo, Okandjengedi, Extension 6 in Tsumeb, Swartkopies (Rehoboth), Elim, Choto, Nambweza and Boma in Katima Mulilo, as well as Tseiblaagte in Keetmanshoop, while 43 sites have been upgraded from LTE to LTE-A in Windhoek and new LTE-A sites installed to serve the areas of Suiderhof, Academia, Kleine Kuppe, Wanaheda and Hage Heights in Swakopmund. Five further LTE-A sites in Windhoek are expected to be operational this month. In addition, mobile base station equipment serving Tsandi, Onamutai, Ontamanzi, Etilyasa, Oshuungu, Oshitutuma, Onesi, Onkoshi, Oniimwandi, Omuthitu-Gwalwani, Ongha, Onambutu, Indangungu, Okangwati, Ovituambu, Okando, Omuntele, Onaanda, Ohandungu, Uukwiyu-Uushona and Ongenga has been upgraded from 2G to 3G, while Bergquelle was upgraded to LTE to provide mobile broadband services to Osona village near Okahandja. The operator plans to commission a further 34 LTE sites across the country over the next three months as part of its ongoing network expansion programme.