Mobile operator MTN has officially launched LTE (Long-Term Evolution) network in Zambia, representing a key component of the Company’s broader network transformation plan. Local media have reported that last week’s development has boosted the operator’s presence, particularly within the Southern African market.
MTN Zambia’s CEO Abdul Ismail told CIO East Africa that the launch was a significant step forward for the country’s mobile connectivity capability.
“The launch further emphasizes MTN’s commitment in not just transforming its own network, but also the businesses of its corporate and small and medium enterprise customers while contributing positively to the overall development of the ICT sector in Zambia,” Ismail is quoted as saying.
This is said to be the first phase of the network launch and will cover key regions, including Lusaka and Livingstone. However, the intention is to extend the coverage nationally.
In a presentation of MTN Group’s interim results in August 2013, Group CEO Sifiso Dabengwa emphasized the importance of LTE and the need for clarity on LTE spectrum in South Africa in order to continue to roll out services across its operation.
The Company rolled out LTE in South Africa in December 2012 and in June 2013, announced the offer of LTE to contract and Top-Up customers.
Chris Tredger – Online Editor