Somtel, part of Dahabshiil Group, has contracted Alcatel-Lucent to deploy its LTE infrastructure in Somalia. The first stage of the Somtel contract involves the deployment of 70 LTE sites in 2014 before moving to the next phase.
Saeed Dauleh, board member at Somtel reminded that the company was the first operator to invest in 3G in Somalia over three years ago.
“We are celebrating another first as we become the first operator to launch the country's LTE network. Already, several LTE sites are being tested while data cards and LTE-enabled devices are also under trial,” he added.
"There's a lot of capacity along Africa's coastline and the main issue now is how to ensure that underserved areas also get connectivity.
The most appropriate way to provide access and improve connectivity is via wireless technologies like 3G and 4G or LTE," said Tony Wood, country senior officer, Alcatel -Lucent East Africa.
Somalia currently has an estimated 1.5 million mobile subscribers, while Somtel has 33% market share in the country.