During renovations of three soccer stadiums — Soccer City in Johannesburg, Moses Mabida in Durban and Green Point in Cape Town — MTN integrated distributed antenna systems throughout the sites to accommodate increases in voice and data usage. MTN and Qualcomm worked together to optimize these systems using Qualcomm Engineering Simulation Tools (QUEST), a solution that analyzes the dimensions of wireless networks to deliver optimal coverage and capacity. The custom-designed technology tools have helped other tier-one operators enhance their mobile capabilities for similar large-scale events, such as the 2010 U.S. football championship in Miami, Florida.
"The growth of 3G-capable smartphones is allowing more people to enjoy wireless data services while attending sporting events," said Dave. "This trend brings unique network demands in supporting large groups of subscribers in a relatively small geographic area. Qualcomm's engineering support was instrumental in helping us ensure that spectators received the reliable, high-speed voice and data services they have come to expect from MTN South Africa."
"Mobile subscribers increasingly rely on wireless connectivity to access information and share memorable life events, such as attending one of the world's largest and most celebrated sporting events," said James Munn, vice president of Qualcomm Sub-Sahara Africa. "We are very pleased to have collaborated with MTN South Africa on such an exciting project. Through similar collaborations, Qualcomm is helping operators around the world to fortify their mobile networks for the next wave of wireless data services."
About MTN Group
Launched in 1994, the MTN Group is a multinational telecommunications group, operating in 21 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The MTN Group is listed on the JSE Securities Exchange in South Africa under the share code: "MTN". As at the end of 31 March 2010, MTN recorded 123.5 million subscribers across its operations in Afghanistan, Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Cyprus, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Republic, Iran, Liberia, Nigeria, Republic of Congo (Congo Brazzaville), Rwanda, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Syria, Uganda, Yemen and Zambia. The MTN Group is a global sponsor of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ and has exclusive mobile content rights for Africa and the Middle East.
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