Mobile telecommunications giant MTC yesterday made history when it became the first mobile operator on the African continent to successfully trial the 4.5Gigahertz technology.
At a ceremony held in Windhoek yesterday MTC showcased its network’s strong capability.
The company is readying itself towards the future of high speed mobile broadband bandwidth.
The 4.5G was launched by MTC in partnership with Chinese telecommunications giant, Huawei.
President Hage Geingob and Minister of Information and Technology Tjekero Tweya also attended the historical occasion. An impressed Geingob underscored the importance of keeping up with the ever-improving technology world.
“You cannot catch up with the world if you do not have hi-tech technology,” Geingob said.
He further called called on Tweya to continue advancing the country’s ICT agenda.
MTC’s Chief Human Capital and Corporate Affairs Officer pointed out that the company is committed addressing the growing demand for data and to ensure 100% connectivity of every Namibian.
“We are very excited about the Harambee Prosperity Plan and I can assure the President that we will study the plan and ensure that it is effective,” said Ekandjo.
Elit Liu, Director of Huawei, lauded the initiative, adding that since public safety and security is one of the most important priorities in every government structure, technology can be used to enforce to ensure public safety.
”Huawei is working with the local businesses to try and curb the problem
of digital divide,” Liu said. He continued to cite that the company would like to be part of the Harambee Prosperity Plan through knowledge sharing.
Despite the strides made in the ICT sector in Namibia, challenges still remain when it comes to availability
of electricity infrastructure in semi-urban and remote rural areas. That continues to hinder both the provision and uptake of ICT services.
In order to address challenges in the ICT sector, the recently launched Harambee Prosperity Plan has targeted a 80 percent broadband service coverage of the population of Namibia by 2020, 80 percent broadband connections and usage to all primary and secondary schools in Namibia to allow e-learning by 2020, broadband connections and usage to 70 percent of the health facilities in Namibia to allow e-health by 2020.
The plan also targets 100 percent broadband connections and usage to all public sector agencies in Namibia to allow for e-governance by 2020 and 100 percent coverage by digital TV and radio broadcast to all households by 2020.