Paratus Namibia and MTN Namibia have signed a national roaming agreement, the first of its kind in the Southern African country, allowing them to expand their own networks without duplicating coverage in specific areas. In a press release, Paratus and MTN claimed the deal marks a milestone for the country’s telecoms sector, as it ‘will provide not only a better mobile LTE service to customers, but also a very attractive competitive option in the market’.
Paratus Namibia MD Andrew Hall commented: ‘By partnering with MTN, we are now able to realise a faster mobile LTE roll-out as, in the past, we have been unsuccessful engaging with the dominant operators to achieve our goals. We are proud to be making telecommunications history in Namibia and to embark on this journey together with MTN, because national roaming agreements are the next natural step in developing the market and in delivering what customers need.’ MTN Namibia MD Elia Tsourous added: ‘We are delighted that this agreement has been signed with Paratus Namibia. We believe that everyone deserves the right of access to a modern, connected digital life and this agreement helps us realise our business objectives of delivering better service to customers in Namibia. We see only positive benefit from this agreement for all.’
Paratus Namibia launched mobile LTE data services in 2016 and has since expanded coverage to Walvis, Swakopmund, Okahandja, Rehoboth and Otjiwarongo, while MTN first deployed its TD-LTE network in 2019 and now covers Windhoek, Swakopmund, Walvis Bay, Ondangwa, Oshakati and Ongwediva.