MTC, Huawei mark partnership milestone

27 Nov 2018 12:00pm
WINDHOEK, 27 NOV (NAMPA) – Namibia’s Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) and Chinese-owned company Huawei celebrated their 10-year partnership here on Monday.
MTC and Huawei jointly deployed the first third generation (3G) of wireless mobile telecommunications technology network in Namibia between 2008 and 2009.
Thereafter, MTC was the first to commercially launch the 4G technology in Africa and test the 4.5G technology on the continent.
The telecommunications company recently also launched its cloud and fibre projects with technical support from Huawei to provide services to its business clients and ensure that it positions itself for real digital transformation.
Speaking at the anniversary gala dinner Monday night, President Hage Geingob said the partnership has played a role in ensuring that Namibians have access to the latest in mobile communication technology.
“While encouraging smart partnerships between Namibian businesses and foreign businesses, it is important that these partnerships and relations must be mutually beneficial, and that Namibians benefit in the short and long-term,” said Geingob.
He added that Namibia has been able to promote and support the advancement of the latest telecommunications technology, due to the fact that the Namibian government laid the groundwork for a conducive business and investment climate through the establishment of sound governance and macroeconomic architectures.
Meanwhile, MTC Board chairperson Elvis Nashilongo indicated that MTC had paid over N.dollars 3.1 billion in company taxes as part of its contribution to the fiscus and national economic growth.
So far, the telecommunications company also spent about N.dollars 17 billion on various suppliers it conducted business with.
“We continue to do business with a sizeable number of suppliers and we believe that these relationships will have a perpetual and positive impact to national economic growth,” said Nashilongo.
The company further paid over dividends in excess of N.dollars 5 billion to its shareholders.
Nashilongo said the relationship between MTC and Huawei highlights a significant achievement in the information and communication technology space not only in Namibia, but also Africa.