The Telecom Namibia Group has intensified further its interests in the telecom and mobile industry in Namibia as it has chosen the ZTE Corporation to deliver its unified mobile network that will provide seamless deployment of Long Term Evolution (LTE) network in the country. This new partnership between Telecom Namibia and the Chinese network infrastructure provider, as well other business endeavors the Group has entered into the past months, will solidify further its market share in Namibia’s diverse market.
Telecom Namibia said ZTE’s role is to design, plan, supply, deliver and implement the next-generation LTE network infrastructure in order to deliver to its subscribers high network quality, efficient, and improved customer experience. The US$46-million deal will also involve the rollout of base stations in three phases and road coverage sites throughout the country as well.
With the brand new network that is to be installed and finished in the middle of this year, the Group’s subscribers can experience download speeds of up to 100Mb/sec for LTE and 21Mb/sec for 3G. The project will deliver a converged switching platform for both fixed and mobile service with an IP multimedia systems (IMS) core for personal multimedia communications, as well as both 3G and 4G radio access to expand overall coverage and data capacity.
Frans Ndoroma, Managing Director, Telecom Namibia said this move will lead to a major enhancement of network quality and efficiency.
Telecom Namibia’s latest infrastructure investment, along with its takeover of Leo late 2012, is expected to challenge Namibia’s leading network, Mobile Telecommunications (MTC), in a stiffer market competition. Telecom Namibia said that with its recent acquisition of Leo, along with the deployment of LTE, which the company said is its biggest project so far, will enable the Group to increase its mobile market share to 35 to 40 percent within the next five years.
Namibia has over 2.35 million mobile subscribers, with a penetration rate of over 110 percent. The country has about 550,000 Internet users, about 80,000 access the Internet using personal or tablet computers while about 470,000 subscribers access the Internet using their mobile phones.