Rwanda: Over U.S.$2 Million for Deployment of MTN Zone Technology

Saul Butera
Kigali — MTN Rwanda, the largest telecom
company by market share, has invested
over $2 million (Rwf1.3 billion) in attaining
the MTN Zone technology.

This was announced by the company's CEO,
Khaled Mikkawi during the commercial launch
of the new product yesterday
at the company's headquarters.

MTN Zone technology is the
latest technology that is provided
by Ericsson Company, it is designed
to allow callers make big savings
in areas where there is
low network utilisation.

According to Mikkawi, MTN has been
working with Ericsson for a long period
to acquire the technology.
With the launch of this technology
the telecom company says it is
targeting 20,000 subscribers
from the commercial launch.

"The technology we acquired from
Ericsson includes hardware, software
and license which justifies
the money invested.

We first tested the technology back
in April, in Huye Town former Butare
District for two months," Mikkawi explained.

The CEO also revealed that the telecom
subscribers increased by 300,000 in a period
of three months bringing the current
numbers to 1.6 million subscribers.

"With the launch of the new products,
we are targeting 200,000 subscribers
to make it 1.8 million by the end of
the year and we are targeting to have
50 percent share of the 6 million
mobile subscribers that is targeted
by RURA in 2012," he revealed.

However, the MTN Group report ending
June this year says that MTN Rwanda
had 1.2 million subscribers
by the end of June.

Mikkawi also said that MTN Zone
is a Group's policy and strategy,
it was commercially launched
in South Africa in 2008 and in
other countries like Uganda,
and it is doesn't matter what time
of the day to have a big
or small percentage of reduction.

The officials also said that the product
is there to stay depending how
the customers respond on it and
they are targeting 50 percent
of their subscribers to use the services.

"The service is going to be there and
if the service provider upgrades the technology
we will also upgrade and a subscriber
is free to use the service or not,"
the CEO added.
The technology was co-developed
by MTN South Africa and Ericsson,
a leading provider of telecommunication
and data communication systems.

Ericsson handles all MTN networks
in Africa and Middle East; it is also in charge
of TIGO, the Third licensed Telecom Company
set to start its operations in November.

MTN Zone which is provided by
the Dynamic Discount Solution is
a charging solution that is able
to offer a mobile network customer
a discount based on the amount
of capacity available
at their current location in the network.
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