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Augmented and virtual reality TV travel show premiers under starry Namibian sky

Augmented and virtual reality TV travel show premiers under starry Namibian sky

Augmented and virtual reality TV travel show premiers under starry Namibian sky.

As a company with one of the biggest market value in Asia, Tencent announced the launch of the first QQ-ProjectX in Namibia, a virtual reality enabled travel show with actual participants on-sight sharing the experience on the internet.

Namibia was selected as one of two countries for the 2017 edition of the QQ Project X by Tencent Company, a Chinese company that produces social media applications such as QQ and WECHAT that is similar to the Whatsapp. The Project will essentially involve 15 Chinese youth volunteers travelling to Namibia and filming the astronomical sightings and broadcasting them.

The exploration delegation will head for the observatory at Rooisand Ranch for the first live exploration of the starry Namibian sky aptly themed, the Star Chasing Tour guide, chosen contestants will be given astronomical introductions with astronomical telescope and a team challenge for the entertainment of the online audience.

“Our exploration delegation will broadcast the activities on internet to all net-citizens and NOW Live users, bringing the truest beauty and wonder of Namibia to people who cannot visit Namibia in person.”, a Tencent spokesperson said at the Windhoek event launch.

“In hope of helping a younger generation to better explore the world, Tencent’s Namibian launch next week at the first Starry SkyConcert in Quivertree Forest and Giant’s Playground will follow other global travel hot spots. The Namibian tour focuses on astronomical facilities, making scientific records on designated stars and exploring their stories.

Locations such as Kamanjab will be visiting indigenous tribes people. Nicknamed the Red Mud Tribe, their cultural background will be introduced, as well as the connections between this ancient African tribe and the mysterious astronomy.

Being a science and exploration project, the Tencent QQ-Project X puts combines real-action Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality instead of an ordinary branding activity. A Tencent spokesperson said that China is developing rapidly and it’s playing a major role in the world as Chinese youth are becoming a significant force, engaging in beneficial endeavours in different aspects for the common good with the help of the close connection afforded by the Internet. “We hope that our young generation will go out into this world and do something meaningful to nurture the spirit of exploration instead of indulging in their cellphones and internet in solitude.”

QQ-Project X organized 4 different exploration programmes to explore. One of the first other stop for QQ-Project X is called The Species Exploration Programme, which took place at Galapagos, Ecuador. Upon the completion of The Species Exploration Programme, Tencent is now starting the second stop, which is The Star Chasing Adventure Programme in Namibia.

In the future, other events will include the South Pacific for The Ocean Exploration Programme and the Antarctica for The Polar Region Exploration Programme.

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Following reverse listing, public can now acquire shareholding in Paratus Namibia


20 February 2020, Windhoek, Namibia: Paratus Namibia Holdings (PNH) was founded as Nimbus Infrastructure Limited (“Nimbus”), Namibia’s first Capital Pool Company listed on the Namibian Stock Exchange (“NSX”).

Although targeting an initial capital raising of N$300 million, Nimbus nonetheless managed to secure funding to the value of N$98 million through its CPC listing. With a mandate to invest in ICT infrastructure in sub-Sahara Africa, it concluded management agreements with financial partner Cirrus and technology partner, Paratus Telecommunications (Pty) Ltd (“Paratus Namibia”).

Paratus Namibia Managing Director, Andrew Hall

Its first investment was placed in Paratus Namibia, a fully licensed communications operator in Namibia under regulation of the Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN). Nimbus has since been able to increase its capital asset base to close to N$500 million over the past two years.

In order to streamline further investment and to avoid duplicating potential ICT projects in the market between Nimbus and Paratus Namibia, it was decided to consolidate the operations.

Publishing various circulars to shareholders, Nimbus took up a 100% shareholding stake in Paratus Namibia in 2019 and proceeded to apply to have its name changed to Paratus Namibia Holdings with a consolidated board structure to ensure streamlined operations between the capital holdings and the operational arm of the business.

This transaction was approved by the Competitions Commission as well as CRAN, following all the relevant regulatory approvals as well as the necessary requirements in terms of corporate governance structures.

Paratus Namibia has evolved as a fully comprehensive communications operator in Namibia and operates as the head office of the Paratus Group in Africa. Paratus has established a pan-African footprint with operations in six African countries, being: Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia.

The group has achieved many successes over the years of which more recently includes the building of the Trans-Kalahari Fibre (TKF) project, which connects from the West Africa Cable System (WACS) eastward through Namibia to Botswana and onward to Johannesburg. The TKF also extends northward through Zambia to connect to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, which made Paratus the first operator to connect the west and east coast of Africa under one Autonomous System Number (ASN).

This means that Paratus is now “exporting” internet capacity to landlocked countries such as Zambia, Botswana, the DRC with more countries to be targeted, and through its extensive African network, Paratus is well-positioned to expand the network even further into emerging ICT territories.

PNH as a fully-listed entity on the NSX, is therefore now the 100% shareholder of Paratus Namibia thereby becoming a public company. PNH is ready to invest in the future of the ICT environment in Namibia. The public is therefore invited and welcome to acquire shares in Paratus Namibia Holdings by speaking to a local stockbroker registered with the NSX. The future is bright, and the opportunities are endless.