South African mobile operator MTN announced that it has secured a license to provide 3G mobile data services to the African nation of Guinea by signing a Convention de Concession de Licences with telecoms regulator L’Autorite de Regulation des Postes et Telecommunications (ARPT).
CEO of MTN Guinea, Phumzile Joshua Phike said the license affords MTN the opportunity to expand their footprint further into the country.
“This license gives MTN Guinea the opportunity to have a greater number of sites covered by March 2014. This will thus enable many Guineans to have access to high-speed Internet (broadband) and at a lower cost – a project that is in line with the new vision of MTN,” he said in a press statement.
Phike added that it will enable MTN to further their goal of connecting more customers and connecting them to a digital world. “This license is a huge opportunity that will allow us once again to align ourselves with our new vision, which is to offer a digital world to our customers.”
MTN Group, which stands for Mobile Telephone Network, was launched in 1994 and operates in 22 countries throughout Africa, Asia and the Middle East, including Afghanistan, South Africa, Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Cyprus, Côte d “Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Iran, Liberia, Nigeria, Republic of Guinea, Republic of Congo (Congo Brazzaville), Rwanda, Sudan, Swaziland, South Sudan Syria, Yemen, and Zambia.
Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor