By Confidente Reporter
AS part of its major network and i n f rast ructure upgrade project, the 081Every1, by the country’s premier telecommunications giant, MTC, has commissioned new six network LTE (4G) sites in Windhoek.
This new site upgrades are 3G and 4G, in order to cater for the substantial network coverage and capacity, especially in and around the central business district (CBD) of Windhoek.
A 2016 study by Ericsson indicates that between 2016 and 2022, the traffic generated by smartphones will increase by 10 times, and by 2022, there will be 12 times more mobile data traffic in Central and Eastern Europe and the Middle East and Africa (CEMA).
It is anticipated that Africa will experience a twelvefold increase in mobile data traffic up to 2022, driven by a strong growth in smartphone subscriptions and demand for data-intensive applications like video.
By 2021, the average smartphone will generate 6.8 GB of mobile data traffic per month compared to the 1.6 GB per month. Much of that will likely be video, with more than half of all mobile data traffic in 2016 recorded as video-related content, says Ericsson, in its ‘Future mobile data usage and traffic growth mobility’ report.
In anticipation of this data boom, it is against the background that MTC has commissioned to upgrade its Klein Windhoek MH, Auasblick, BPI House, Commercial Centre, Wernhil Express MH and Wernhil sites to enhance LTE services in the CBD.
More sites, according to Tim Ekandjo, MTC’s chief human capital and corporate affairs, are planned for Windhoek and will follow as the company goes further to execute and implement the rollout of the 081Every1 project.
As part of 081Every1, a total of 50 new sites are planned for Khomas region, and are allocated as follow: 18 sites will be for Windhoek urban, 21 for Windhoek rural and one site share.
A site share refers to a shared cell tower, by one or two network operators/carriers, for their individual network coverage spectrums. It involves carriers sharing the same cell tower, antenna frame or rooftop, but carriers will still install their own access infrastructure.
“As initially planned, the 081Every1 project was slated to commence in October this year, and we are quite pleased to have an upgrade done to these sites already. This project will run for two years and with an MTC-driven spirit, commitment and focus to transform the communications industry, the momentum into this project is ignited to ascertain, that come the end of 2018, all planned additional 524 new network sites are up and serving to the satisfaction o
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