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Information and communication technology minister Peya Mushelenga said the review of various information and communication technology policies and their possible consolidation into a uniform national ICT policy is on the cards. Mushelenga made the remarks when he motivated the ministry’s budget last week in the National Assembly. The ministry received over N$354 million from the...

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Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) has started with the process of registering subscriber identification module (SIM) cards in Namibia. However, the going is tough as MTC finds it difficult to finalise the process, as no legislative mandate yet exists to empower them to smoothly deal with the process. MTC MD Licky Erastus shared this information during...

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Namibia approved new regulations on 15 March that will require all mobile phone subscribers to register their SIM cards before being able to access network services, reports The Namibian. Minister of Information and Communication Technology Peya Mushelenga stressed the regulation was partly necessitated by Namibia’s increasing crime rate. ‘Right now anyone can go into a shop, buy...

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The Namibian capital has been engaged since 2017 in a digital transformation project. But its completion within the allotted time meets some disturbances. In a leaked investigative report, internal auditors in the municipality of Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, reveal numerous irregularities in the implementation of the local fiber optic monetization project initiated last year by...

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Namibia’s Internet penetration rate is still well below 50%. The government is working to reduce this gap which could hamper its post-Covid economic recovery efforts. PowerCom, a specialist in providing ICT infrastructure and equipment, has started building new telecom towers across Namibia. This subsidiary of the 100% state-owned mobile telephone operator, Telecom Namibia, plans to invest 5.4...

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A significant Public Private Partnership (PPP) between Telecom Namibia and Paratus Telecom will fund the Namibian link to Google’s new undersea cable between South Africa and Portugal. In mid-2019, Google announced that it is funding a global cable network with distinctive technological advantages at a cost of approximately US$47 billion. The new cable off the...

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Namibia is seeing growth in the telecoms sector and the government wants local investors to benefit. Precautions have been taken for this. Last week, during the presentation of the 2019/2020 financial results of the Mobile Telecommunications Company (MTC), the Namibian Minister of Public Enterprises, Leon Jooste, confirmed the government’s willingness to open the capital of the...

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Mobile Telecommunications (MTC), Namibia’s largest mobile network operator (MNO) by subscribers, has revealed that its 081Every1 project to expand network coverage throughout the country has been hindered by the COVID-19 pandemic, reports Xinhuanet. Speaking at the publication of the company’s 2019/2020 annual report in Windhoek, MTC CEO Licky Erasmus revealed that whereas phase one of the project, comprising the...

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Telecom Namibia’s (TN’s) newly appointed CEO Stanley Shanapinda plans to leverage the state-owned company’s current footprint to become a leading telecoms institution, New Era reported. Shanapinda, the former head of the Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN), explained the telco is assessing the market with a view to expanding its network into new areas, particularly underserved rural...