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06 December 2019
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MTN Business Namibia says it’s still moving ahead with plans to launch a mobile network, after securing all the relevant regulatory approval.
“It has been two-and-a-half years in planning. We have recently changed our strategy in favour of additional control on our side.
Taking on additional CAPEX, ensures that customers have the best possible experience, .. We will have a device strategy with our own channels and we will also franchise some stores, but we have an entire go to market strategy serving both Pre-paid and Post-paid customers across Namibia,” MTN Business Namibia Managing Director, Elia Tsouros told an engagement meeting with its authorised partners, as part of its on-going efforts to update its key stakeholders on the company’s operations.
“We will make sure that by the time we hit the market everything is in place and that we can deliver a service that Namibia will be proud of.”
Tsouros in his address, highlighted how the company has witnessed growth over the past 12 months ,amid major infrastructure investments, the latest being the installation and roll-out of its LTE (4G) service at the coast and Windhoek.
“We have rolled out two additional sites in Swakopmund and Walvis Bay. We are rolling out two additional sites in northern Namibia, and we will be expanding in Swakopmund with additional infrastructure because of the success of that area and that is just this year. We will have 14 sites by the end of the year and we will continue rolling out additional sites next year,” he said.
“For a company that had no infrastructure eight months ago, we will continue to invest in our own infrastructure going forward and it will benefit all of Namibia.”
At the coast, MTN, under its partnership programme, partnered with XDIT which is now authorised to sell MTN products and services.
“We have been dealing indirectly with MTN Business for the past couple of years and they enabled us to sell more at the back in lines for big customers and corporates, but never to the private sector which happened this year. As of October this year, we started partnering up with MTN, selling their products to the customers, which have been going great and the market is excited, as people at the coast seem to be enjoying the new MTN packages,” XDIT Director, Gert Brits, said.
MTN’s partner programme is an initiative that enables local information and communication technology (ICT) service providers to become part of the telecommunications company's products and solutions offering.
Windhoek-based DI Computer Technologies is one of MTN Business Namibia’s oldest partners, having signed up in 2016.
“We have partnered with MTN for longer than most of the partners because we have been in partnership with them for over four years already. We initially partnered with their LAN support and we are now successfully selling and installing MTN’s BeyondWOW LTE services. All I can say is it has been quite an exciting journey, since 2016,” D I Computer Technology Managing Member, Axel Syring, said.
“What distinguishes them from the rest is that they really try to empower the partners. It is not just about talking and not delivering. They support and give additional support services and opportunities in the market. They can get all their resources from the group and from the get-go; they share them publicly and openly with you while also teaching you how to perform different tasks. In the end, it is just a benefit to both of us and so we look forward to the coming years.”
Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN) last year granted the company the 084 number range.
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