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Efficient transport relies on Tech for optimal output

Efficient transport relies on Tech for optimal output

By Kehad Snydewel of Green Enterprise Solutions.

When thinking of moving packages, people, mail and goods, we automatically think of modes of transportation. Whether it is large ships, airplanes, trucks, trains, motors and mopeds, there’s many different ways of shifting freight.

One thing the general public probably don’t immediately think of, but should, is the technology supporting the transport industry. Transportation in the modern global village can not exist without technology at its very foundation. Just one example from one of the world’s biggest transporters should amply demonstrate this.

UPS, the parcel and package company have used intricate mathematical models to analyse the routes their delivery trucks take, so that they can optimise the journeys of the drivers. This however does not always mean that the driver takes the shortest route. They have moved away from trying to find the shortest route and look at other criteria to optimise the journey. One methods is to try and avoid turning through oncoming traffic at a junction. This mean that in countries where we drive on the left, like Namibia, we avoid right-turns and in the USA, where they drive on the right, they avoid left turns.

This seems to go against common-sense, but there’s a very good reason for doing this, even if it sometimes means going in the opposite direction of the final destination. They do this as it reduces the chances of an accident and cuts delays caused by waiting for a gap in the traffic, which also wastes fuel.

As a result, the company has saved 50 million litres fuel, emits 20,000 tonnes less CO2 and delivers 350,000 more packages every year. The efficiency of planning routes with its navigation software has even helped UPS cut the number of trucks it uses by 1,100, bringing down the company’s total distance travelled by more than 45 million km per year – despite the longer routes. The organisation uses what is known as Transport Management Solutioning (TMS).

No professional transport or logistics company would operate without TMS software. It’s not just UPS, but shipping companies, ride-hailing apps as well as food delivery services. They all use and benefit from TMS software in one way or another.

This software assists with common activities such as; route planning and optimization, load optimization, execution, freight audit and payment, shipyard/harbour management, advanced shipping, order visibility and carrier management. Imagine simply having to keep track of all the containers at a large port like Walvis Bay, – only software can do this efficiently. Where did the container come from, why is it here, what’s inside the container and where and when is the container shipping out again? When it comes to transport information, data is king.

Data and its analysis give great insights into the logistical processes. By using technology to analyse data, the logistics sector can improve efficiency, bring down costs and help companies to grow by streamlining their supply chains. As profit margins become thinner by the day, having a competitive edge is the only way to stay ahead and stay in business. Using Tech just makes sense. Big Data and Business Intelligence are what is now fuelling and changing every business and changing the way in which whole industries operate. It will change business right here in Namibia.

We can not afford to be slow on the uptake and implementation of TMS software and making the transport sector more effective and efficient and thereby more competitive. Tailored solutions for the sector can and will keep Namibia moving.

As a pillar of Namibia’s economy, the transportation sector needs to run optimally, so that the economy can benefit and run optimally as well. Investing in Tech will earn itself back manifold in fuel savings, streamlined processes and able to handle more freight and eliminating costly mistakes.


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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.