MTN Namibia has tapped Canadian firm NuRAN Wireless to deploy a minimum of 150 rural and suburban network sites over the next two years.
The companies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), with the deal contingent on them striking a definitive 10-year agreement within the next six months, reports CommsUpdate.
If this is agreed, NuRAN Wireless will deploy 2G, 4G and 2G/4G combination sites under its network-as-a-service model under which NuRAN builds, operates and maintains cell sites for operators while managing the associated CAPEX, then offers connectivity on a paid-for basis to monetise the sites.
“Our strategy is to bring connectivity to all people throughout Namibia and specifically those less connected like the rural and suburban areas of the country,” said MTN Namibia managing director Elia Tsouros.
“This is the beginning of an even greater infrastructure deployment in the country providing unprecedented communications services in Namibia. These projects will also create opportunities for local small businesses to partner with MTN as we continue to grow our footprint.”
The operator introduced TD-LTE mobile services in 2019. The service is currently active in Windhoek, Swakopmund, Walvis Bay, Ondangwa, Rehoboth, Oshakati, Okahandja and Otjiwarongo.