MTN South Africa upgrades network infrastructure

MTN_Launch_of_Mobile_Money_Transfer_in_Uganda2.jpgIn an effort to improve the quality, capability and efficiency, MTN South Africa is in the process of upgrading its network across the country. The scheduled upgrade will next target Polokwane in the Limpopo province.

The work is scheduled from Thursday, 21 May to Sunday, 24 May 2009. The upgrade work on each of the 22 sites will take between 30 and 45 minutes.

In a concerted effort to ramp up its service offering to its customers on both voice and data traffic, MTN has budgeted to spend R4.6 billion on upgrading its base stations, switches, transmission infrastructure, install new base stations, upgrade software and introduce higher speed bearers on the network.

Says Sameer Dave, Chief Technology Officer of MTN SA: “MTN’s move towards a Next Generation Network (NGN) is an integral part of the natural evolution of being a mobile operator. The project will improve existing platforms and roll-out new platforms to enhance data connectivity speeds and voice coverage,”

While the upgrade work is underway in each region, MTN does not envisage that its customers will be impacted. However, there is the possibility of signal loss for a short period of time from the affected site during the process.