WINDHOEK, MARCH 17 – Over 21 new network towers built in the regions of sites as part of the 081Every1 project, were recently activated by MTC. The 081Every1 project is the largest network improvement project since the dawn of mobile telecommunications in Namibia, costing over N$1 billion dollar over a three-year period.
Under the on-going 081Every1 national network project by MTC, the Minister of Information Communications and Technology, Honourable Stanley Simataa, last week officially commissioned three of the 21 new network sites in Kavango West, East and Zambezi region (s) respectively.
The 21 new sites are equipped with 3G technology, seven each in the Kavango East and Kavango West, and Zambezi region. In the Kavango East, the new sites are situated in Kakuwa of Mpungu Constituency, Katenture in Ndiyona Constituency, Ndjarandjara in Ndiyona Constituency, Shamaturu in Mukwe Constituency, Nyangana Hospital in Ndonga Linena Constituency, Baramansoni in Mashare Constiuency, Chimpanda in Rundu Rural Consituency and Kayengona in the Rundu Rural Constituency.
As for Kavango West, the sites are Kaukuwa in Mpungu Constituency, Kasera, Bravo, Mangetti, Ncuncuni, Kamupupu and Sharukuwe.
Whilst in the Zambezi the sites were, Mafuta in the Katima Rural Constituency, Sikanjabuka katima Rural, Ibbu also Katima Rural, Itomba in Kabbe South Constituency, Mbalasinte,in Kabbe Soluth, Singalamwe in the Kongola Constituency.
The inauguration of these sites is symbolic and representative of phase one of the 081Every1 project in the three regions.
Speaking at the event, Honourable Stanley Simataa, Minister of ICT expressed that network infrastructure is quite significant as it permits the government to provide digital services to the people. The government therefore have a duty, through MTC, to take network coverage and connectivity, especially to remote areas and bring about inclusivity.
Commending MTC for what the 081Every1 project has achieved thus far, Minister also urged the communities to embrace the infrastructures for digital transformation and smart business activities. “Namibia needs to be a smart nation and this can only be achieved if we integrate everyone and embrace the digital movement. Only then we can cease the existence of digital divide through sustainable and inclusive innovations and
MTC Chief Technology Officer, Licky Erastus expressed that as Namibia’s leading telecommunications services provider, MTC will continue in its aggressive objective to ensure that Namibia is hundred percent covered in terms of network. “Our commitment to this cause is tight and we are proud with what we have
achieved thus far, and we will continue to be visible as phase two of the 081every1 project is already planned to start early in April,” concluded Licky. – NDN Staffer