SA's MTN to offer mobile service in Namibia

The MTN mobile service is scheduled for an August launch in Namibia.
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The MTN mobile service is scheduled for an August launch in Namibia.

MTN Group, Africa's biggest mobile telecoms firm, aims to launch a mobile service in Namibia around the end of August, a company executive told Reuters.

State-owned operator MTC currently dominates in Namibia, a country of two million people.

Johannesburg-listed MTN has operated in Namibia for over 20 years but has mainly provided Internet services to financial institutions, wholesale customers and logistics institutions.

It already offers mobile services in other African countries including SA, Nigeria and Ghana, as well as Iran.

"We are working towards end of August," Hester Marais, an executive at MTN Namibia, said in an interview.

MTN plans to use state-owned Telecom Namibia's network infrastructure for its mobile service. It also plans to enter the local mobile money market.

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