Telecom Namibia expands WiMAX to rural areas

Wednesday 5 April 2017 | 16:11 CET | News
Telecom Namibia has deployed WiMAX wireless technology at Luderitz and Ondangua to expand network coverage, as well as in rural areas of Omusati and Zambezi regions. These rural areas are Okalongo in Omusati region and Kongola, Chinchimane and the island of Impalila at the far eastern tip of the country. This brings the total number of WiMAX base stations to 87 countrywide. Plans are afoot to roll out the WiMAX network to other rural areas with no access to broadband services in line with the Harambee Prosperity Plan, which calls for the provision of high-speed and reliable telecom services to underserviced areas across the country by 2020. 

At the same time, 3G mobile base stations have been set up at Groot Aub, Dordabis, Witvlei, Karasburg and Nkurenkuru for voice and data services, while the village of Onkani in the Otamanzi Constituency of the Omusati region, has a 2G base station for voice and edge services. Bukalo, situated about 40 km south-east of Katima Mulilo, had its GSM base station upgraded to 3G. The network expansion is expected to add thousands of subscribers to Telecom Namibia’s constantly growing customer base, and has helped the company edge towards meeting government requirements to bridge the digital divide. 

The operator uses WiMAX to complement its wired technology in order to quickly expand high-speed Internet service to institutions and the public across the country, especially the densely populated rural areas. The WiMAX telecommunication infrastructure provides voice and data services to schools, clinics, businesses, Government offices and residential customers in rural and semi-rural areas in the regions.

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