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DStv Mobile to be launched outside Windhoek

Satellite Pay TV service provider Multichoice Namibia says plans are at an advanced stage to offer the DStv Mobile platform to customers outside Windhoek.
Multichoice Namibia General Manager Roger Gertze this week said the DStv mobile platform will be launched in Oshakati and the coastal towns of Swakopmund and Walvis Bay before the end of the year.
DStv mobile has only been available to DStv customers in Windhoek since its launch in 2011, but that is all set to change according to Gertze during an interview with The Economist at the launch of GOtv Plus and Gotv Mobile, a digital terrestrial pay television service, in the capital on Monday.
The launch of GOtv Plus, with more than 30 channels, follows the launch of the GOtv bouquet last year. Gertze said the launch was based on a strategic business decision to align MultiChoice Namibia with the national and global efforts towards achieving and positioning itself to fully integrate Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) by 2015, which is the country’s target year to migrate fully towards DTT.
With the GOtv bouquet, Gertze said MultiChoice Namibia is targeting all Namibians through the mass market segment as the efforts of migrating from analogue to DTT affects all households across the country.
“Furthermore, the product offers a wide variety of genres for viewing pleasure ranging from musical entertainment and movies, sport, lifestyle, documentaries, kids and teens, to religion, and news and commerce. Additionally, GOtv offers a product that is current, appropriate and affordable with emphasis on quality picture and sound for individuals and families,” Gertze said. He said GOtv has grown from strength to strength since its launch in June 2012 as Multichoice continues to provide affordable, quality entertainment through programming that suits various individual and family needs. The launch of the GOtv Plus bouquet comes at a time when the national broadcaster NBC announced the roll out of phase one of its DTT programme on 01 October. Gertze said the launch of GOtv Plus should not be seen as a direct competition to NBC launch since MultiChoice Namibia has embraced the national broadcaster as a partner in this national strategy to implement DTT.

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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.