WITH Chinese telecommunications equipment company, Huawei, furnishing its technological needs, Mobile Telecommunications Company (MTC) has taken another step towards cementing its reputation as the country’s leading Telecommunications Company by becoming the first company in Namibia to commercialise Long-Term Evolution (LTE) advanced.

The partnership, which was also attributed to the last significant milestone in the telecommunications industry when the pair launched the 4G LTE in 2012 to make Namibia the second country on the African continent to have implement the technology, has added to its list of milestones by enabling MTC to become the first company on the African continent to commercialise the LTE advanced while also offering the first 4.5G trial on the African continent.

The first-of-its-kind trial, which yielded speeds nearing 1 gigabyte per second, has not only been beneficial for MTC but also for its equipment supplier, Huawei, which has, for the past semi-decade strived to become the enabling instrument for connectivity by partnering up with telecommunications companies in Africa, Europe and the Middle East.

Speaking to Prime Focus Magazine at the LTE Advance launch, Phoebe Huang, Huawei’s Public Relations Officer for Eastern and Southern Africa explained that the milestone attained by MTC through the equipment of Huawei is exemplary of the type impact in the Chinese company aims to bring to Africa’s ICT sector.

Having amassed nearly U$20 billion from the Africa, Europe and Middle East markets in the year 2015, the multinational telephonic equipment company’s appetite for growth in these markets, appears to be strengthening in line with its arsenal of connectivity equipment as well as smartphones.

The Chinese telecommunications giant’s growth on the African continent has been such that its Founder, Ren Zhengfei, is scheduled to be adorned with Africa’s Digital Inclusion Medal of Honour in Kampala, Uganda later this year.

Also speaking at the 4.5g launch event, Eliz Liu, Huawei Namibia’s Managing Director, Wallace Yin, outlined the significant role played by his company in putting both MTC and Namibia on the global ICT map.

“4.5G is the natural evolution of 4G and a necessary transition to 5G.
Huawei came up with the comprehensive concept of 4.5G in 2014 and already became the major player in 4.5G research & development and deployment with 20 commercial and trailed 4.5G networks around the world. As a strategic partner, Huawei will continue to work closely with MTC to provide faster and better broadband network to Namibia.

As an ICT advisor to many governments around the world, we also look forward to sharing our global expertise and solutions with the government of Namibia, in order to promote ICT development and boost the country’s digital economy,” Yin said.

Meanwhile, the President of the Republic of Namibia, Dr. Hage Geingob, who had a front row seat at the 4G LTE trial, lauded the innovative efforts of MTC and Huawei, saying that it will complement the efforts of the Harambee Prosperity Plan, which he launched in early April.

MTC’s Managing Director, Miguel Geraldes, also used the platform to praise the government for its support of innovative projects within the ICT sector, as evidenced by the presence of the country’s President and ICT Minister at the momentous occasion.