Telecom Namibia absorbs Leo and pledges fair competition


Late last year Telecom Namibia acquired mobile operator Leo, which is the second biggest mobile telephone operator in Namibia.

This year, Telecom announced that Chinese firm ZTE Corporation, will upgrade the Telecom Namibia and Leo network  at a cost of US$46 million.
The upgrade is part of a process to improve the services offered by the telecommunication entity, which has a monopoly on fixed lines, and installing a new GSM network for Leo.

Leo has an existing population coverage of about 64 percent with 270,000 subscribers. The agreement with ZTE is expected lead to the building of a unified mobile network that will provide Telecom and Leo with a fully transformed 2G/3G/4G networks with immediate effect.

Telecom Namibia’s senior manager of corporate communications and public relations, Oiva Angula says the process of integrating Leo is at an advanced stage. He tells Chamwe Kaira that he expects the Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN) to provide a level playing field for all players in the industry.