High Mo­bile Net­work Cov­er­age

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Namibia’s mo­bile phone net­work cov­er­age has in­creased to 95 per­cent, while mo­bile sub­scrip­tions are at 119.16 per 100 peo­ple, Namib­ian Prime Min­is­ter Saara Ku­u­gon­gelwa-amad­hila said on Oc­to­ber 9.

She said the num­ber of Namibia’s ac­tive mo­bile broad­band sub­scribers in­creased from 1.5 mil­lion to 1.6 mil­lion from June 2016 to June 2017.

“Pen­e­tra­tion of telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion ser­vices has im­proved rapidly due to the in­tro­duc­tion of ef­fec­tive reg­u­la­tory in­ter­ven­tions aimed to en­sure fair com­pe­ti­tion and con­sumer pro­tec­tion,” she said.

Ac­cord­ing to her, mod­ern and re­li­able dig­i­tal tech­nolo­gies and ap­pli­ca­tions can sig­nif­i­cantly con­trib­ute to the eco­nomic strength, so­ci­etal well­be­ing and ef­fec­tive gov­er­nance.

How­ever, Ku­u­gogelwa-amad­hila, said that the ben­e­fits of ICT had not been spread equally as hoped. She pointed out that the fail­ure to spread ICT ben­e­fits is a re­sult of the un­avail­abil­ity of elec­tric­ity in ru­ral ar­eas and the in­suf­fi­cient telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions back­haul in­fra­struc­ture.

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