18-month plan will improve voice and data capabilities
The Ministry of Telecommunication (MoT) is expanding the country’s mobile network to improve 3G and 4G coverage.
There will be an additional 900 3G/4G sites such as rooftop towers and greenfield towers in rural areas once the project is complete. Consumers and businesses can expect better coverage and improved voice and data services, said Salem Itani, Chief Technical Officer at Touch. There will be fewer dropped calls and data will stream more quickly.
Alfa and Touch will share equally in the cost of the project, which is estimated at $200 million.
Alfa will increase the number of its 3G/4G sites by almost 500, improving its network capacity by more than 40 percent. Some 150 sites will be in service by the end of 2018, with the remaining 350 sites deploying by the first half of 2020.