Govt commits to better radio access

The Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, through the Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia, has committed N$35 million to the deployment of 14 radio access network towers across the country.

This was announced on World Telecommunication and Information Society Day by deputy information minister Modestus Amutse on Thursday.

“This initiative aims to bridge the digital gap in unserved and underserved areas, ultimately improving network connectivity.

“Presently 85% of Namibia’s population is covered by broadband, with a usage rate of 73%,” he said.

Amutse said annually 17 May marks the establishment of the International Telecommunication Union, of which Namibia is a member state.

Amutse further called on both local and international partners to collaborate closely with the government to realise Namibia’s digital aspirations.

Modestus Amutse

This year World Telecommunication and Information Society Day is celebrated under the theme ‘Digital Innovation for Sustainable Development’.

Amutse said the day serves as a reminder of the boundless opportunities the digital space presents, particularly in how digital innovation can foster connectivity and sustainable prosperity for all.

“It is evident that digital divides impede innovation in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector globally.

“Hence it is imperative for governments to formulate relevant policies that foster an enabling environment for ICT players to innovate and narrow these divides,” he said.

Amutse said Namibia is nearing the completion of its national digital strategy, a
comprehensive blueprint for the country’s digital development over the next five years.

“This strategy articulates a compelling vision for a future marked by innovation and economic growth while upholding the principles of inclusion
essential for advancing the nation’s digital agenda,” he said.

“Our vision encompasses the establishment of a digital government, enhancing accessibility to government services and bridging the
gap between citizens and public services,” he said.

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