MTN Confident Of Getting 3G License in Swaziland


MTN's Swaziland subsidiary has confirmed that it will launch 3G services as soon as the telecoms regulator grants them permission. An application earlier this year for a license was however declined for unspecified reasons just a couple of months ago.

The regulator is also the state-owned telecoms network - causing a conflict of interest that may be resolved if long-standing plans for an independent regulator are carried out.

"Swazi Mtn is 3G ready, all we have to do is to press a button and make the service available to the MTN network users. We are ready, what is outstanding at the moment is to be granted the appropriate licence by the regulator. As soon as we get the licence, we advise that our customers will experience an immense improvement on the data speeds and all other benefits which will come with the 3G technology," MTN Swaziland's CEO, Ambrose Dlamini told the Swazi Observer.

The company is also testing a mobile money platform which could be introduced in the near future.