MTN’s big network build plans

MTN will continue to invest heavily in its network to ensure it can provide subscribers with a high-quality experience, MTN SA CEO Godfrey Motsa told MyBroadband.

Motsa said the company’s network capital expenditure has been around R10 billion per year since 2015.

The government could help decrease the expenditure numbers, which will in turn reduce data prices, by releasing additional wireless frequency capacity, said Motsa.

If the government and ICASA cannot provide mobile operators with additional spectrum, however, MTN will keep building its network to meet customer demand.

Chief technology and information officer for MTN South Africa, Giovanni Chiarelli, said their plan is to cover 98% of South Africa’s population with 3G, and 73% with LTE by the end of the year.

Chiarelli said that by the end of 2017, they expect to have more 3G sites than 2G sites for the first time – while dramatically increasing the number of LTE-capable sites in the country.

MTN expects to have 10,954 2G sites, 11,150 3G sites, and 7,920 LTE sites online by the end of December.

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