The Namibian Ministry of Information and Communication Technologies (MICT) launched its national broadband policy and its implementation action plan on February 13, 2020. Linda Aipinge , the director of ICT development at the ministry, explained that the policy would be spread over 10 years, but that the implementation would last 5 years, with immediate effect.
With the emergence of new disruptive technologies, notably 5G technology, she stressed the importance for the country to be ready to provide a solid service that will fully meet national needs.
The national broadband policy is in line with the achievement of the country’s development objectives, as described in the national development plans and Vision 2030. It is focused on the development of network infrastructure, security, accessibility , training, digitization.
For the Minister of Information and Communication Technologies, Stanley Mutumba Simataa (photo), in a world that is becoming digital, this policy is very timely, because it will contribute to improving the living conditions of populations. The minister said that through digital, corruption can be curbed as well as mismanagement. These benefits will help Namibia unlock its growth potential.
The launching ceremony of the national broadband policy and its implementation action plan was also an opportunity for the Ministry of Information and Communication Technologies to install in their functions, the 11 members of the National Broadband Steering Committee, of which Jorn Schnoor is the chair and Monica Nehemiah the vice-chair.