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Telecom brings faster mobile and internet services closer to communities

Telecom brings faster mobile and internet services closer to communities

Telecom Namibia has upgraded 22 mobile sites and erected 10 new base stations in various parts of the country under its TN Mobile brand and has also extended its 3G and 4G connectivity to both urban and rural areas.

Oiva Angula, Head of Corporate Communications and Public Relations at Telecom said they have invested in infrastructure development over the last few months as part of their network modernisation programme.

“We focused on two key areas, the expansion and the enhancement of our networks. Therefore on network enhancement, we are reviewing the network architecture to optimise its performance and mitigate network strain. Our network optimisation will result in us consistently delivering a quality mobile service and experience,” he emphasied.

He said that in addition to all the upgrading they have done they have plans to roll out about 50 new mobile base stations to improve its 3G and 4G coverage within strategically selected areas across the country. “Network expansion and densification are strategic for us, with the goal of enhancing speeds, capacity, quality, reliability, reach and ultimately customer experience,” he explained.

Angula said they will continue to add more network sites to increase and enhance data and voice quality throughout the country with an additional investment as part of its five-year Strategy Plan. “This includes connecting all and in particular the far flung areas of the country where access to ICT services is limited. In that way we continue to serve as a catalyst of growth in Namibia’s economy,” he added.

Telecom Namibia had new 4G mobile base stations installed at Ongwediva, Tsumeb, Swakopmund, Walvis Bay, Rossmund, Ongha, Katima Mulilo, Katima UNAM campus and in Windhoek in Olympia, Otjomuise and Pioneers Park suburbs.

They have also modernised the latest 4G technology, equipment and software at 24 network sites around Arandis, Henties Bay, Walvis Bay, Swakopmund, Rossmund, Langstrand, Walvis Bay Airport and Talismanus to cater for its fast increasing data subscriber growth.

The towns of Lüdertiz, Uis, Omaruru, Rehoboth, Nkurenkuru and Okongo were upgraded from 3G to 4G, while additional 4G sites were switched on at Ongwediva, Swakopmund, Walvis Bay, Katima Mulilo and Windhoek’s Katutura, Rocky Creat and Kleine Kuppe suburbs. Capacity upgrades were done on other 4G base stations in Rocky Crest, Suiderhof, Pioneerspark and Kleine Kuppe.

The 3G network has been extened to the rural settlements of Chinchimane, Otuani, Anabeb, Otjomatemba, Onyuulaye, Onkani, Omatjete and Okombahe, Mpacha Airport 18 km southwest of Katima Mulilo, Oshivelo, Onathinge, Oniipa, Omungwelume, Oshigamba, Ondobe, Endola, Omundaungilo and Oshikuku.

Services at Trigbaken, Namib Fontein and Trekkopje were upgraded to 3G and Karibib and Usakos to 4G.


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Mandisa Rasmeni

Mandisa Rasmeni has worked as reporter at the Economist for the past five years, first on the entertainment beat but now focussing more on community, social and health reporting. She is a born writer and is working on her degree in Journalism at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST). She believes education is the greatest equalizer. She is the epitome of perseverance, having started as the newspaper's receptionist in 2013.

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.