Guest Contributor | Aug 20, 2019 | 0
CRAN focuses on cost models
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN) have jointly organised the Advanced Level Training on Cost Modelling and Pricing NextGeneration Access (NGA) workshop for English Speaking countries in Africa which started from 6 to 10 October at the Hilton Hotel in Windhoek.
Thirty seven delegates from Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Ghana, Senegal, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Telecom Namibia, Paratus Telecom and Mwireless trading as Africa Online are attending the workshop.
At the opening ceremony Ms Anne Rita Sseboga the ITU Regional Officer and Ms Hilma Hitula the Acting CEO of CRAN as well as the Deputy Minister of ICT, Honourable Stanley Simataa were in attendance. CRAN’s Head: Economics and Research Sector, Helene Vosloo said, “The training opportunity has been driven by the increasing prominence of a quad play and New Generation Access business environment, which requires key strategic decision reviews at policy, regulation and operational levels.”
“The rising synergy as well as competition amongst the fixed, mobile, Internet and broadcasting players, bundled services offered by both Broadcast Cable TV operators and Telecom service providers; the eminence of cloud based and content delivery networks; and over-the-top (OTT) content players, create opportunities as well as challenges in respect to costing, pricing and competition,” she added.
Vosloo cited that one of the biggest challenges that Namibia and many other African countries are facing today is the ability to provide services at sustainable and affordable prices.
Said Vosloo, “Telecom Namibia and MTC Namibia, as dominant players in the Namibian telecommunications market, have deployed Next Generation Networks and both are looking at Next Generation Access networks solutions as well as Fibre-To-The-Home. MTC was the second operator to launch 4LTE or 4G in the SADC region and both MTC and Telecom Namibia now offer 4G or LTE services in the 1800 spectrum band.”