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Gross Barman resort gets 3G network upgrade – Tourists can now easily share experiences and stay connected

Gross Barman resort gets 3G network upgrade – Tourists can now easily share experiences and stay connected

The ongoing plans by the Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) to expand network services in both rural areas and urban peripheries have seen the Namibia Wildlife Resort (NWR) – Gross Barmen Resort site being the latest beneficiary of a long overdue upgrade from 2G to a commissioned with 3G enabled infrastructures.

As part of its national network improvement infrastructure program christened 081Every1, MTC recently upgraded its network sites within the locality of Gross Barmen from 2G to 3G. Owing to the fast growing network traffic volume growth in many parts of the country and the spike in accessible of data driven or enabled devices, MTC as part of its core strategic endeavour aimed to enhance and provide high level of excellence and satisfactory telecommunications network coverage and internet speed to customers.

“Statistics have indicated that sound network infrastructure contributes to the attraction of tourists to the country, and we are particularly pleased with not just the Gross Barmen upgrade, but also with the rest of all our upgrades which are underway across the country as we speak. 3G network upgrades in rural settings is preparation in advance paving way for the 4G network which is currently enjoyed in urban areas only,” said Chief Human Capital and Corporate Affairs at MTC, Tim Ekandjo.

“As NWR we value the role that MTC has played to ensure that telecommunication is facilitated smoothly throughout the country. The current upgrade of Gross Barmen to 3G is very welcome, as it will ensure that visitors remain connected throughout the resort. This is vital because they can share their experiences immediately thereby creating awareness of our hidden gems,” said Mufaro Njabulo Nesongano, NWR corporate communications and online media manager.

Gross Barmen Resort is located around 100 km from the capital city of Windhoek, nestled on the banks of a tributary of the Swakop River. Set between rows of palm trees, green lawns and many pleasant walks, the resort is ideal for all ages.

As a haven for local and international tourist, Gross Barmen includes facilities for spa & wellness, fitness, recreation, and leisure. The main attraction of the resort is the health and hydro/ medical spa centre, featuring thermal springs and providing a full range of treatments, massages, and health activities for relaxation.


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

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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.