ETL boosts rural coverage

ETL boosts rural coverage

MASERU – ECONET Telecom Lesotho (ETL) launched the Maboloka Sehong-hong tower in Mokhotlong district on Tuesday which will boost its coverage in rural areas.

The Maboloka base station will extend coverage to areas around Sehong-hong including Liphakoeng, Sekoting and Manyofaneng among others.
Speaking on behalf of ETL’s Chief Executive, Customer Services Manager, Karabelo Lerotholi, told the communities from different villages that ETL may have brought the services closer to them but the protection of the infrastructure lies with them.

Lerotholi encouraged the communities to ensure that the tower is protected against vandalism.  “This tower brings you services like Nchoathi, EcoCash and EcoSure therefore you should always protect it in order to enjoy all ETL products and services,” Lerotholi said.

Nchoathi, which means a person who talks non-stop, is a service through which ETL customers buy subsidized airtime bundles allowing them to talk for a long time.
EcoCash is a mobile wallet that allows Econet subscribers to do monetary transactions without a need of a bank account.

EcoSure Mpolokeng is an insurance product that Econet Telecom Lesotho is offering to its subscribers. The insurance is underwritten by Lesotho National Life Assurance Company.
Lerotholi said there were big business opportunities for the community as they can partner with ETL as airtime and data dealers as well as EcoCash agents to assist with school fees payments, DStv subscriptions, electricity purchases and many other services.

Speaking at the launch, the Lesotho Communications Authority (LCA) chief executive officer, Tšeliso ’Mokela, said he hoped the Minister of Communications is also happy because he has been waiting for the service that will allow Maboloka communities to experience the same services that are accessed by other communities country wide.
“The Minister of Communications, the job has been done and we are very proud,” ’Mokela said.

’Mokela also promised that communication services will be extended to other villages around Malingoaneng before the winter season.  Communications Minister Serialong Qoo hailed ETL and LCA for the good work but emphasized that the tower belongs to the Maboloka communities hence they should protect it.

The Maboloka base station falls under the government-private sector partnership under which ETL is working with the Lesotho Communications Authority to extend mobile coverage to hard-to-reach areas in the country.

Staff Reporter

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