MTN Rwanda signs deal to optimise network

Operator aims to improve network quality in a bid to compete with new rival Tigo and gain market share in an increasingly competitive market.

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MTN Rwanda signs deal to optimise network Motorola's Eric Pradier said the optimisation deal will help MTN Rwandacel amid growing competition.
By  Roger Field Published  December 1, 2009

MTN Rwanda has signed a deal to optimise its entire network in Rwanda after rival operator Millicom International Cellular launched its mobile operation in the country in mid November.

MTN Rwanda, which has some 1.7 million subscribers,  signed a three-year deal with Motorola's Home & Networks Mobility business to optimise its radio access network in a bid to improve call quality and compete with incumbent operator Rwandatel and newcomer Millicom, which launched 2G, 3G and 3.5G operations under the Tigo brand last month.

MTN Rwanda, a subsidiary of South Africa's MTN Group, said the improvements were necessary in order to help the operator compete in the increasingly competitive Rwandan market.

"In striving to provide our customers with the best possible user experience, we have joined forces with Motorola to optimise our current resources and investments," said Rami Farah, CTO, MTN Rwanda.

Eric Pradier, vice president, Motorola Home & Networks Mobility Services, EMEA and Asia Pacific said that Motorola's optimisation service will "accelerate improvements" in the quality of MTN's end customer experience. "Our services have been designed to improve performance in multi-vendor, multi-technology environments to ensure that networks operate at a peak performance level," he said.

MTN was awarded a national GSM licence in Rwanda in 1998. Millicom International Cellular won the country's third mobile licence in November 2008, for $60 million.

Rwanda, which has a population of 10 million people and a mobile penetration of about 17%, is widely viewed as one of Africa's fastest growing mobile markets.

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