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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...

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Paratus Namibia wants to respond effectively to the growing demand for customer connectivity. The company has entrusted Star Solutions with the task of strengthening its network with its Sonata EPC solution, which has been successfully tested at various pilot sites. It should be commissioned in November. Internet connectivity provider Paratus has chosen Star Solutions, the provider of...

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The Telecom Namibia (TN) Board of Directors this week concluded the consultation with the Namibia Post and Telecommunication Holdings and received endorsement from the shareholder to proceed with the formalities of appointing the successful candidate. The Board of Directors announced that Dr Stanley Shanapinda emerged as the successful candidate for the CEO Vacancy. “We are...

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THE status of the country’s plans to roll out e-government procurement is challenged because available internet bandwidth for the process is not known. According to the Namibia e-Government Procurement Readiness Assessment Score determined last year, signal strength, internet speed and reliability within participating entities have not been identified. This was detailed in a presentation by...