K180 million network upgrade in Zambia through MTN’s ‘Project Summer’
MTN Zambia has kicked off ‘Project Summer’, a K180 million project to boost network capacity and enable high-speed data services on 337 3G and 4G (LTE) network sites across Zambia. The site-by-site technical roll-out started this week, focusing on areas with the highest demand pressure: the Copperbelt, the northern regions and Lusaka.
The improvements are done by adding additional carriers on existing 3G and 4G network sites and upgrading current 3G sites to 4G. Project Summer also includes the activation of the 800Mhz 4G spectrum which was released by ZICTA recently and which will improve the 4G indoor data experience for customers.
This is important for economic participation during the COVID-crisis when more people are working from home requiring better indoor coverage.
MTN Zambia CEO Mr. Bart Hofker explained, “We have seen a number of effects of the Covid-crisis on our network. Network usage during the day has shifted from the traditional peak/off-peak to a more even distribution during the day.
We also see a higher traffic in residential areas compared to business parks and part of the demand has shifted from voice to data. Once project Summer is completed, our customers can enjoy a generally improved network speed with little or no interruptions.”
Mr Hofker also added how the company plans to roll out an additional 100 rural sites together with VANU to expand reach and coverage in the remote areas of Zambia. MTN Zambia aim to finalise this by August, simultaneously with Project Summer.