MTN ringfences R350m for SA network upgrade

07 September 2021

MTN will pump R350m into its network in South Africa, specifically within the provinces of Limpopo, Mpumalanga and North West, to modernise, upgrade, build new sites and transmission links.

The operator said maintaining network quality remains the key objective despite challenges, like battery theft.

“We want to bridge the digital divide and create exciting opportunities for communities, businesses and individual users,” said Kagiso Moncho, MTN general manager for northern region. “Our investment is therefore far more than achieving market share growth in the region – it is about bringing the benefits of the digital world to more people through a stable, secure and innovative network experience.”

MTN said it is making progress with its 5G tech rollout strategy and activated this technology in greater Polokwane and Witbank, with the intention to expand coverage into areas such as Nelspruit and Middelburg.

“We are committed to ensuring our network coverage and quality is maintained and expanded so our customers stay connected,” Moncho added. “This is even more critical in the face of the pandemic and subsequent lockdown, connectivity is essential for medical emergencies as well as for learners and individuals working from home.”