More Africa NewsNetworksNamibia: NamPower, a national electricity supplier, launches into the Internet through its fiber optic network

March 12, 2019by myles

Namibia’s national electricity company, NamPower has decided to diversify its activities, always with the aim of contributing to the well-being of local people. In addition to the supply of electrical energy, the company founded in 1964 now operates in the Internet segment through its fiber optic network built at the base to monitor the power grid. Kauna Ndilula, chairman of NamPower’s board of directors, justified the company’s investment in fiber optics as a necessity because “it’s the future of digital communication.”

According to Kauna Ndilula , “the new product offer will provide Namibia with the additional national bandwidth it so badly needed”. It will enable all Internet service providers to provide people and businesses with quality connectivity. Kahenge Haulofu, NamPower’s general manager, said that with its fiber optic network, the public company will act as a wholesale supplier, allowing for this, access to the fiber optic network to other parts.

Hailing this initiative that will improve the access of people in urban areas to broadband, Stanley Simataa, the Namibian Minister of Information and Communication Technologies, however, called on all companies involved in the telecom sector, to invest in rural areas. Otherwise, the concentration of telecom infrastructures in the cities will become an obstacle to the development of the country.

Source: Agence Ecofin

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