MTC switches on Oshetu 1 informal settlement in Okahandja; Commissions first 081EVERY1 site
WINDHOEK, Nov. 30 – The growing availability and popularity of mobile data connectivity in Namibia and, as has happened elsewhere in the world, is creating a growing platform for the introduction of new and innovative digital services, calling more on operators to increase their footprints and network reach even further in order to tap into this growth.
MTC’s announcement in July this year to undertake the 081EVERY1 project is set to transform the national communications network grid in the country, as MTC is set to build around 524 new sites.
Once completed in 2019, rural areas which previously had only 2G networks access will have access to 3G connectivity, thus increasing speed and conveniences of communication and possibility of endless innovations.
Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Tjekero Tweya said, “Today we witness the commitment MTC made that in which we declared publicly that we are set to transform the network landscape and therefore we took our first steps towards bridging and closing the gap on digital divide.”
The Kaibasen site, is a 25-meter lattice base transmitter station (BTS) and 3G enabled and will serve the residents of Oshetu 1, 2 and 3 informal settlement area as well as some sections of the Nau- Aib residential areas.
It is predicted that by 2022 in Africa, that mobile broadband connectivity will more than double from the 419 million in place today to 1,07 billion connectivity in 2022.
This growth will be facilitated by the increasing availability of 3G and ‘4G’ LTE networks and the increasing decline in the retail price of smartphones, according to Global System for Mobile Communication – Association (GSM Association).
GSM Association is a trade body that represents the interests of mobile network operators worldwide. Approximately 800 mobile operators are full GSMA members and a further 300 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem are associate members. MTC is a full GSMA Member.
GSM Association believes that mobile data will be the primary driver behind the rapid growth in the African telecoms market – as it says that mobile device connectivity alone will stand at 858 million connections by 2019, if current projections are maintained. – NDN Staffer