ONGWEDIVA - Mobile Telecommunications Limited’s national network improvement programme continues to make inroads in underserviced areas, with five more new sites added onto the national network in the Ohangwena region, bringing the total number of sites in Ohangwena to 16.
The five new sites are Omhedi, Omahayi, Okatope ka Melila, Ondobe Yomunghudi and Oshiti sha Haihonya. The sites are all 3G sites, and went online at the beginning of September.
During the launch, company executive Tim Ekandjo said “coupled alongside our new strategy, this project is still of vital importance to us, and we will continue to invest in network upgrading, especially in rural areas.”
He noted that the 081Every1 network project is a national capital project, driven to connect every citizen on the country’s national network from 2G to 3G migration in rural areas, and 3G to 4G in towns.
Whilst expressing gratitude to regional governments for always highlighting network receptions and improvement in outlying areas, Ekandjo stressed that MTC is aware of ongoing requests for new sites, and “these requests will always be considered on merits and case impact assessments to ensure network equity and fair distribution across the country”.
The billion-dollar project was launched in August 2017 with the aim to expand MTC’s network footprint and infrastructure, and achieve close to 100% population network coverage through the rollout of 524 sites, which are constructed by Namibian companies.
The project is currently in phase three – and over 260 sites have been commissioned countrywide.
According to Ekandjo, MTC is the largest mobile telecommunications operator in Namibia, with 2.6 million active subscribers.
“For over 26 years, MTC has grown revenue and retained customers by providing voice and data services and solutions to post-paid and prepaid individual and business customers through its extensive telecommunications transmission and distribution network, serviced by 35 mobile homes, 29 dealerships (airtime sellers and distributors), 24-hour customer contact centres, digital channels and network management and technical quality centres (for immediate response to customer complaints),” he stated.