Saturday 10 April 2021
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MTN announces ‘mobile services’ plans

Africa’s largest telecommunications group, Mobile Telephone Network (MTN), will launch its mobile services next year, a move that could signal added competition in the domestic telecoms industry.
MTN has already received its licence to operate from the Communications Regulatory Authority in Namibia.
“We are launching and in due course we will announce our plans, but at the moment we have a business unit B-C as plans are underway to launch mobile proposition early next year. In the first quarter, we will be launching a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO). Further, we are launching the digital services from an entertainment perspective which is going to be loaded with local content for Namibians”, said Mophete Moletsane who is MTN General Manager on Digital Commercial Management (South Africa) while speaking at the ICT Summit in Windhoek.
The Communication Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN) granted new licences recently, which expands the number of those being regulated to 57 licensees. These comprise of 34 broadcasting service licensees and 23 telecommunication services licensees.
Competition in the domestic mobile market is expected to intensify when MTN launches its mobile services next year, however, it will have to fend off stiff competition from MTC and TN Mobile in mobile, voice and data service areas. MTC Namibia has however remained tightlipped about MTN’s plans.
“The moment competition comes in, we will up our game in any case, as long as it is not a prize war which will not be good for the consumers. I am not sure if our market is big enough to play in and make a difference given that MTN is launching soon. But we will be able to measure ourselves and still make profit”, said Andre de Jager who is MTC’s General Manager on Product Solutions when approached at the ICT Indaba that took place in Windhoek this week..
MTN has held its licence, through its Namibian subsidiary MTN Business Solutions, for the past 20 years. However, the new licence has now been issued to MTN Business Solutions that is 30 percent owned by Namibian shareholders, as per CRAN regulations. The shareholding is owned by Profile Technologies, a company owned by businessman Vaino Nghipondoka.
For the past 10 years MTN Namibia has been operating as Internet Service Provider (ISP) in the country. MTN management acknowledged at this year’s 4th National ICT Summit held at Namibia Institute of Public Administration and Management (NIPAM), that they have already completed the paper work with Communication Regulatory Authority (CRAN) earlier this year.
Currently, MTN also offers VSAT, which is a satellite connectivity solution mainly used by customers based in remote areas of the country.
This solution operates along with WTXX, the newest innovative solution that enables users the ability to connect across Windhoek and neighbouring regions via LTE enabled wireless web. This is ideal for both corporate customers and Small and Medium Enterprises because it connects to a specific location or even multiple locations.
Besides connectivity, MTN brings Cloud Services in a bid to empower Microsoft technology through various areas like virtual server hosting which enables customers the ability to choose from a number of virtual templates based on Windows server operating system to run mission critical applications and test environments.
Moreover, unified communication is another product on offer from MTN, as a means of moving day to day communication like voice, video and data onto one platform secured by MTN business.
Other services such as: Mail hosting, mail filtering, mail archiving and firewall are also offered to enable internal control under security offerings within MTN.
This will go a long way to boost technology evolution in which services are managed effectively with less cost and time consumption than never before.
Speaking at the same occasion, MTN Managing Director on MTN Business Namibia and Botswana, Elia Tsouros said, “Managing networks with next generation technologies can cut the capital-spending and operating expenses of wireless operators.
Digital technology can help streamline business functions and please customers, reducing costs and raising sales.” Thus using ICTs to foster and accelerate a start-up eco system for digital business in Namibia.

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