MTN installs at poles to improve service
by TINTSWALO BALOYI
JOHANNESBURG – MTN South Africa said it had started deploying antennas on street light poles and erecting purpose-built pole masts to improve network coverage and quality.
The structures are set up around west and northern Johannesburg with MTN expecting to complete the first phase of the project in the next four months while the second phase of the project would be determined by customer requirements.
The deployment of this technology follows a three year contract that was awarded to MTN by City Power after the utility invited interested parties to submit requests for proposals (RFP) on its plan to commercialise its infrastructure.
Eben Albertyn, Chief Technology Officer: MTN South Africa, said customers would experience a noticeable difference in quality of service when the project was complete.
“The deployment of this solution will have immense benefits for our customers who will begin to experience improved network coverage, faster internet speeds, better voice and data experience and Wi-Fi fall-back once users becomes mobile. This will also lay the firm foundations for future deployment of fiber to the home (FTTH) network.
“The deployment of these antennas is testament to MTN’s ongoing commitment of finding innovative ways of improving service excellence and bringing its customers into the bold new digital world,” said Albertyn.
The density of the buildings around west and northern Johannesburg has impacted negatively on network coverage and quality.
This has compelled MTN to consider innovative ways of deploying its infrastructure due to the difficulties experienced in installing conventional base stations in these areas.
The pole sites have a coverage radius of between 400 and 600 metres and the number of poles that will be installed will depend on customer density in the targeted areas.
“The smaller coverage footprint of these sites means that the resources are shared and by less users which gives an improved level of service and throughput,” said Albertyn.
– CAJ News
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