Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) announced this week that 111 new sites are scheduled to go live by the end of March when phase one of the 081Every1 project is expected to be complete.
A total of 41 sites constructed under phase one were commissioned in December 2018; whilst civil works for 64 sites were completed, with a further 47 sites progressing well to beat phase one’s deadline, which is end of March.
MTC’s Chief Human Capital and Corporate Affairs Officer, Tim Ekandjo, said the main challenge encountered is the snail pace in the issuing of Land Occupation Certificates from the respective Land Boards and the provision of power supply.
Ekandjo said MTC will constantly engage the relevant stakeholders to speed up the process.
“The erection of the 081Every1 power lines will permit MTC to bring power closer to some villages. Under this project, necessary upgrades of transmission network were conducted and have enabled MTC to introduce 3G network in remote settlements, unlocking the technological avenue for 2G to 3G migration for our customers in rural areas,” he said.
081Every1 project is a billion-dollar undertaking which was launched in August, 2017 with the aim of expanding MTC’s network footprint and infrastructure, while achieving close to 100 percent population network coverage through the roll-out of 524 new sites between 2017 and 2020.
The project is entirely Namibian run, with over 17 local companies responsible for the construction of the tow