Telecom Namibia expands mobile network coverage
20 December 2018 | Business
In the last few months, Telecom Namibia has invested in infrastructure development as part of its network modernisation programme, focusing on two key areas: the expansion and the enhancement of its networks.
“On network enhancement, we are reviewing the network architecture to better optimise its performance and mitigate against network strain, as more and more customers continue to use our services.
Our network optimisation efforts will result in Telecom Namibia consistently delivering a quality mobile service and experience,” the company says.
New 4G mobile base stations were installed at Ongwediva, Tsumeb, Swakopmund, Walvis Bay, Rossmund, Ongha, Katima Mulilo, Katima Mulilo Unam Campus and Windhoek's Olympia, Otjomuise and Pionierspark suburbs.
Telecom Namibia recently also upgraded to the latest 4G technology, equipment and software at 24 network sites around Arandis, Henties Bay, Walvis Bay, Swakopmund, Rossmund, Langstrand, Walvis Bay Airport and Talismanus to cater for its fast-increasing data subscriber growth.
The towns of Lüderitz, Uis, Omaruru, Rehoboth, Nkurenkuru and Okongo were upgraded from 3G to 4G services, while additional 4G sites were switched on at Ongwediva, Swakopmund, Walvis Bay, Katima Mulilo and Windhoek's Katutura, Rocky Crest and Kleine Kuppe suburbs.
Capacity upgrades were done on other 4G base stations in Rocky Crest, Suiderhof, Pionierspark and Kleine Kuppe in Windhoek.
The 3G network has been extended to the rural settlements of Chinchimane, Otuani, Anabeb, Otjomatemba, Onyuulaye, Onkani, Omatjete, and Okombahe, bringing much-needed mobile communication services to these rural communities.
At the end of August 2018, Telecom Namibia extended its 3G service to Mpacha airport, about 18 km southwest of Katima Mulilo.
The 2G mobile services at Oshivelo, Onathinge, Oniipa, Omungwelume, Oshigambo, Ondobe, Endola, Omundaungilo and Oshikuku were upgraded to 3G, giving customers additional features such as mobile internet access, video calls and mobile TV.
In November 2018, the 2G mobile services at Trigbaken, Namibfontein, and Trekkopje were upgraded to 3G, while the towns of Karibib and Usakos were upgraded to 4G, giving TN mobile customers travelling between Windhoek and the coast minimum 3G coverage along the B2 route.
Telecom Namibia plans to roll out about 50 new mobile base stations to improve its 3G and 4G coverage in strategically selected areas across the country.
The network expansion and densification are strategic for Telecom Namibia, with the goal of enhancing speeds, capacity, quality, reliability, reach and, ultimately, customer experience.
Telecom Namibia says it will continue to add more network sites to increase and enhance its data and voice quality network throughout the country with an additional investment as part of its five-year Strategy Plan 2018/19 – 2022/23.
This includes connecting all parts of the country, particularly remote areas where access to ICT services is limited.