MTN expands further into Africa

MTN Group (MTN) announced today (26 March 2012) that it has been awarded a universal licence to operate in Benin, and has that it has launched 3G services in Cote d’Ivoire – further expanding the company’s operations in Africa.

It was revealed on Thursday, 22 March 2012, that MTN had been granted the licence to provide 3G coverage in Cote d’Ivoire – services which MTN Cote d’Ivoire CEO, Wim Vanhelleputte, says 30% of subscribers will begin to enjoy.

Connectivity in the country will be upgraded through the West African Cable System (WACS).

“The cable will allow more Ivorians to enjoy fast access to the internet,” said Vanhelleputte.

In Benin, MTN was granted a universal license, which will allow the operator to provide telecoms services using any technology within the agreed frequency range.

This includes 3G, 4G, LTE, Wimax, Wi-Fi outdoor as well as VoiP services.

“MTN is the first and only operator in Benin with a license which allows the use of new generation technologies, such as 3G, 4G, LTE and Wimax,” said Eric Tronel, CEO for MTN Benin.

“This presents a great opportunity to improve business communication solutions and other services to our customers, both in the consumer and corporate sectors,” he concluded.

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MTN expands further into Africa