MTC Namibia

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MTC
Public
Industry Telecommunications
Founded 1994
Headquarters Windhoek, Namibia
Products GSM, services, 3G, Internet service provider, LTE
Website http://www.mtc.com.na

Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) is a mobile telecommunications company in Namibia providing cellular access. It is the largest mobile operator in Namibia with over two million active subscribers.[1] MTC was established in 1994 and was the only cellular provider in Namibia at that time. Today its competitors in Namibia are TN Mobile and Telecom.

Before Cell One and Telecom Switch entered the market, MTC had the monopoly on mobile telecommunications and 3G Internet access. MTC is still the most recognised mobile telecommunication company in Namibian. Its competitors are Telecom Namibia's TN Mobile and Paratus Telecom.

Ownership[edit]

MTC was established as a joint venture between the Namibian government, Namibia Post and Telecommunications Holdings (NPTH), and Telia and Swedfund. During May 2004, NPTH concluded a deal that saw it hold 100% of the shares in MTC by acquiring the 49% held by Telia Overseas AB and Swedfund International AB. During 2006 the sale of 34% of MTC shares to Portugal Telecom was concluded for N$1.34 billion while the Namibian government retains the remainder of the stake through NPTH.[2]

Network[edit]

MTC launched Netman 3G on 23 June 2010 and on 16 May 2012, the company launched Netman 4G/LTE, making it the second mobile operator to provide 4G services in Africa. MTC Netman 4G provides download speeds of up to 100 Mbit/s.[3] The company's 3G HSDPA+ Network allows for a download speed of up 7.2 Mbps in Namibia's major towns. It further runs two modern mobile switching centres in Windhoek and Oshakati with capacity to accommodate rapidly rising number of customers of over 2 million active users.

MTC also operates the only full service customer contact centre in Namibia dealing with service queries ranging from telephony, sms, fax, GPRS, data, voicemail and 3G/HSDPA. A staff of 421 persons serves a diverse market of both pre- and postpaid subscribers.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Namibia Trade Directory[dead link]
  2. ^ MTC home page Archived 28 April 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Paleni Amulungu, "Namibia becomes 2nd 4G African pioneer", Confidénte, 24 May 2012