Telecoms News - In Brief

Telecoms

- Namibia’s Mobile Telecommunications Corporation (MTC) has reported details of the early take-up of its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) mobile broadband services, which it launched in parts of capital Windhoek in mid-May. MTC says it currently has 1,000 subscribers to its data-only, post-paid LTE service, which already accounts for 23% of the total data usage amongst its entire two million-plus mobile subscriber base. MTC’s 4G customers are using an average of 1.6GB per day, a company spokesperson revealed. The statement also said that 40 LTE base stations had so far been rolled out in Windhoek, with a planned national rollout to encompass all main towns and some rural areas by the end of 2013.

- A parliamentary oversight committee has summoned Sierra Leone’s mobile operators to respond to questions about network quality. Africell, Airtel, Comium and Sierratel were all called on to explain poor service and high call charges between one another. The chairman of the committee, Yapo Conteh, also said that each operator should not have more foreign employees than Sierra Leonean employees.