ICT Competitive Index Ratings improve
In the second quarter of 2017, Namibia ranked 16th among African countries and 4th in Southern African Development Community (SADC) in terms of offering cheapest voice and SMS products, according to the country’s Communications Regulatory Authority (CRAN).
CRAN received the data, from Research ICT Africa last week and the data compares prices for Namibia’s telecommunication sector.
According to the regulatory authority, the data received suggests that the general trend is a shift away from voice and SMS revenues towards data revenues, driven by over-the-top (OTT) services, such as social media and other IP-based services.
“Since inception, CRAN has worked hard to ensure accurate and reliable ICT data is availed through its annual Telecommunications Sector Performance Review, commonly known as the Market Report,” said Helene Vosloo, CRAN Head of Economic and Sector Research.
Vosloo said the Report is compiled annually to provide an overview of telecommunications operators’ financials, prices and products; compare customers, assets and infrastructure in the telecommunications and broadcasting industries.
Meanwhile, Namibia is ranked 21st out of African countries and 5th in SADC in terms offering affordable mobile prepaid broadband prices.
“In terms of roaming, on average, retail voice tariffs for “calls to home countries” reduced by 19% since the implementation of the project towards the end of 2015,” she added.
The countries currently participating in the roaming project include Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe and some operators from South Africa.