Mascom

Mascom Botswana Logo

Country

Company Name

Mascom Wireless (Pty) Limited

Ownership Type

Subsidiary

Ownership/Controlling Entity

MNC

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3G UMTS Frequency Bands

4G LTE Frequency Bands

Company Overview

Mascom is a mobile carrier operating in Botswana. The company was licensed in February 1998 as one of the two companies to establish, maintain, and operate a GSM Mobile network in Botswana. Mascom was the first mobile operator to launch 3G/HSDPA covering the cities of Gaborone in 2008 and Francistown in 2009. The company had historically been a subsidiary of Portugal Telecom, until its acquisition by South African MTN Group, with a minority shareholding by Zimbabwean Econet Wireless. In March 2019 MTN announced that it was selling its controlling 53% stake in Mascom to Econet.

The company operates 2G GSM services over 900 MHz, and 3G UMTS services over B1 (2100 MHz). In June 2012 Mascom announced the aggressive expansion of HSPA+ technology, which upon completion saw close to 80% of Botswana’s population able to access mobile broadband with data rates of up to 21 Mbps. Concurrent to the HSPA+ "3.5G" deployment, the 2G GPRS network was also upgraded to increase capacity by over 50%. At the same time Mascom launched the 4G LTE pilot project which positioned Mascom among the first in the SADC region to announce the advanced technology.

Shortly following Orange's LTE launch, Mascom switched on its 4G LTE network in February 2015 over B3 (1800 MHz), using a 5 MHz channel.

3G UMTS Network Information

Details on UMTS network deployments are shown below. Data are often incomplete due to commercial nature. Consult dossier text for further details.

Launch Date 2008-08 Status Active
UMTS BandPacket DataStatus
Active
4G LTE Network Information

Details on LTE network deployments are shown below. Data are often incomplete due to commercial nature. Consult dossier text for further details.

Evolution Status Active [Launched 2015-02]
Max. MIMO Max. Modulation
Carrier Aggregation - Features -
LTE BandChannel WidthStatus
5 MHz Active