WINDHOEK: The level of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) readiness in Namibia is still low, Telecom Namibia Managing Director Frans Ndoroma said. But, he said, the country remains confident that in the next few years, ICT adoption rate and actual use in Namibia will experience a speedy rise as ICT is becoming an integral part of the lives of the public Institutions, businesses and citizens.
Ndoroma was speaking on Tuesday at the three-day Telecom Namibia Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Summit that kicked off in Windhoek. The theme of this year is ‘ICT – an integral part of everyday lives,’ chosen to describe the many worlds in which technology plays a transformative role in the people’s everyday lives and the continuous enthusiasm in exploring them.
“One significantly development is that Namibia is experiencing tremendous growth in broadband capacity over the last year with more and more household connected to the Telecom Namibia broadband networks with maximum speeds of two megabit per second,” he said.
He said Namibia’s progress requires a communication infrastructure that evolves to meet society’s needs.
“Without it, we would not be able to keep pace with growing demand for access to new technologies. By investing in newer equipment and technology, citizens and businesses will have the advantage of wider and foster access to ICT, thus bolstering adoption and usage,” he said.
The largest effect that Information and Communication Technology use has on society is greatly increased access to information in order to enrich lives, enhance economic competitiveness and innovation and increased business growth and property for citizens, he said.
“ICTS give us tremendous value in our work and in our everyday and social lives, but it is up to all role players to find ways of embedding ICT deep into society if we are to make the most of its benefits,” Ndoroma said.
“Today, no sector is untouched by ICT starting from education to healthcare, everywhere is a shade of ICT,” he said, adding that the introduction of ICT has acted as a game-changer in many sectors,” he added. The summit ends on Thursday.