The AMT has been designed as a 15-meter single-dish telescope that will operate at millimetre wavelengths. An existing telescope will be refurbished and moved to Namibia. This decommissioned telescope that is currently at La Silla in Chile, was generously donated by the European Southern Observatory (ESO) and the Onsala Space Observatory (OSO). Refurbishment will be done by IRAM, who have ample experience in designing and building these kind of telescopes. A group of Namibian engineers will be trained at that facility to aid in the reconstruction and maintenance of the AMT.
The SEST telescope is currently located in La Silla, Chile and shall be moved to Namibia to become the first telescope of its kind in Africa and complement the global Event Horizon Telescope network.