MTN South Africa forms part of the MTN Group, a multinational telecommunications
operator that boasts more than 229.2 million subscribers across its markets in 21
countries in Africa and the Middle East. In 2011, MTN rolled out the largest network
infrastructure development project in the history of the company. This has increased
its 2nd generation (2G) network coverage to 98.6 percent of the country’s population.
In addition, the EDGE and 3rd generation sites of MTN South Africa covers close
to 65 percent of the population thereby enabling better call and data connectivity.
MTN has successfully migrated various voice bearer interfaces to internet protocol,
thereby improving scalability and network simplicity. It has also invested a significant
amount of capital in building its own backbone and transmission infrastructure.
As a company dedicated on bringing its customers a world-class internet experience,
it has invested substantially in submarine cables to improve broadband capacity.
MTN is also the single biggest investor in the West Africa Cable System (WACS),
a submarine cable that links South Africa and the west coast of Africa to Europe.
However, it has also invested in the Eastern Africa Submarine Cable System (EASSy),
a fibre optic cable system that links South Africa and the east coast of Africa
to Europe, to further improve network redundancy.
In December 2012, MTN South Africa reaffirmed its technology leadership by announcing
the commercial launch of the Long Term Evolution (LTE) network in Gauteng. The pilot
was the largest LTE rollout of its scale in Africa and spanned the business hub
of Gauteng and Durban’s surrounding areas, with over 2200 sites. The operator has
expanded its LTE network investment and now includes sites in Cape Town, Bloemfontein,
and Port Elizabeth with more regions planned throughout the year. MTN remains a
proud sponsor of other properties in the sports, music and lifestyle space. The
telecommunications company will continue the relationships with various entities
such as the MTN8 tournament, Bloemfontein Celtic Football Club (football), MTN Joyous
Celebration and Mafikizolo (music and lifestyle), etc.