MTC’s 4G to go country wide
A year after introducing 4G in Namibia mostly limited to the capital, MTC have announced that it is ready to deploy 4G technology in other parts of the country.
The new plans are part of the second phase of the roll out programme by MTC, which will be completed by May this year. Under this phase major urban areas such as Outapi, Oshakati, Tsumeb, Otjiwarongo, Keetmanshoop, Swakopmund and Walvis Bay are expected to have full 4G access.
“The uptake of 4G was very good as MTC now has over 2300 4G customers in Windhoek alone we are well aware that the rest of the country is eagerly anticipating the 4G roll out” said Tim Ekandjo Chief Human Capital & Corporate Affairs Officer at MTC.
Ekandjo described the introduction of 4G as a huge relief to the existing network.
According to Ekandjo, 4G is already processing over 34% of MTC’s total data which he describes as being phenomenal considering that 4G was only recently introduced.
“We have certainly made the right decision introducing 4G because the demand for data is and will forever be growing based on local and international trends” emphasized Ekandjo.
MTC anticipates growth in the data sector, cautioning that a data tsunami is to be anticipated as more and more customers are switching to data usage, compared to voice usage which has been decreasing over the last few years.
In eager anticipation of this data surge MTC recently shared its ambitions by announcing that following its granting of a service neutral license in 2012 by authorities MTC is now focused on becoming an ICT entity instead of just a traditional mobile network operator.
MTC made history by becoming the 2nd country in Africa to roll out 4G LTE.