Namibia’s Prime Ministers applauds her country’s ICT sector
By Sharon Kavhu
WINDHOEK – The Prime Minister of Namibia, Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, has applauded her country’s Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for making tremendous strides in the ICT industry.
In her keynote speech at the official opening of Namibia’s fourth ICT Summit yesterday, Kuugogelwa-Amadhila said Namibia’s mobile phone network population coverage has increased exponentially to 95 percent.
“While mobile subscriptions are recorded at 119.15 per 100 inhabitants, the number of active mobile broadband subscribers increased from 1. 5 million in June 2016 to 1.6 million in June 2017. This means that more people are using internet via their mobile phones,” said the Prime Minister.
She said it was a necessity for ICT services to become affordable for all users in order to leverage ICT to unlock economic opportunities for an inclusive society and Namibia is observing that.
“Research ICT Africa has rated Namibia as the second cheapest country within the SADC region, offering low-cost prepaid mobile broadband data. Comparing 1 gigabit of prepaid broadband data to other countries in the region, Namibia is ranked second lowest,” said Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila.
“Penetration of telecommunication services has improved rapidly due to the introduction of effective regulatory interventions aimed to ensure fair competition and consumer protection in the telecommunication sector. These interventions resulted in reduction of termination rates in Namibia from N$1. 06 to N$0. 10 for mobile and fixed operations,” she said.