Namibia unveils 4G LTE mobile network

Rebecca Hawkes ©RapidTVNews | 24-05-2012

Namibia has become the second African country after Angola to adopt fourth generation (4G) long term evolution (LTE) mobile technology, with coverage of the capital Windhoek expected by July.

Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) says that the 45% of the Namibian population who live in rural areas should also be able to access its 'Netman 4G' network within twelve months of its launch, according to Ventures Africa.

The technology will provide high speed internet connection, and be able to provide a raft of data-rich services such as mobile video, in addition to improved voice and SMS coverage.

"Customers will definitely have a much better experience in 4G as the speed will be tremendously faster and there will be no latency, when you click the button, you no longer have to wait to get a response from the network as this will now be instant, which is significant for business," said Miguel Geraldes, managing director, MTC.

Three devices will initially be on offer in the country to provide the service: the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 tablet, the Samsung Galaxy SII LTE smartphone, and an MTC-branded 4G dongle modem.

The 4G LTE technology has been deployed in over 1,000 km of fibre optic cable nationwide, and links to the undersea West Africa Cable System (WACS).

Angola's Movicel launched the continent's first 4G LTE mobile network in April, with Chinese technology partners ZTE and Huawei, and Ghana is expected to follow suit soon.