WINDHOEK: Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) Managing Director Miguel Geraldes expressed satisfaction for them to be issued a new licence that allows telecommunication service provider to be more than mobile operator.
Speaking at the MTC’s breakfast meeting at the local hotel on Monday, Geraldes said MTC has moved away from being a mobile operator to information and Communications Technology (ICT) entity that provide other services other than voice and data only.
“We received a new licence in December 2012, that allows us to do more than mobile operator, provide best services to our customers,” he said.
Geraldes said the company is investing every year enough money into technology in order to improve service provided to customers.
He said the connection of fiber straight to customers is one of the current infrastructure that the company is busy with and providing capacity to customers to have access to application.
The Managing Director noted that Namibia is at advanced stage with fiber optic because of West Africa Cable System (WASC) that connect to South Africa.
WACS is a submarine communications cable linking South Africa with the United Kingdom along the west coast of Africa that was constructed by Alcatel-Lucent.
Speaking at the same occasion, MTC’s Chief Technology Officer Jose Neto said the the company has so far invested about N.dollars 100 million in the submarine cable and looking forward installing the fiber around the country.
Neto said the fiber have high communication capacity, adding that it will be an advantage to businesses and individuals.
He noted that the implementation of fourth generation (4G) technologies is moving fast passing the third generation (3G) technologies.
Neto said the 4G technologies has high speed, low latency and high capacity compared to 3G technologies.
He stated that from May this year, the 4G technologies will be roll-out to eight towns in the country.
Minister of ICT Joel Kaapanda said customers have to be protected as the number of online purchasing and other online services are increasing in now days.
“We need to increase data protection, and fiber security that combating crime which can be committed over the Web,” Kaapanda said.
He said the Electronic Transactions Bill that will be discussed in Parliament soon as the House will open on Tuesday, and the Bill will address the issue of data protection and create trust and confidence in online services.
WINDHOEK; Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) has been granted leeway to expand its services beyond providing voice and data packages to its clients after being granted a licence to do so in December.
Speaking at a breakfast meeting held here on Monday, MTC Managing Director Miguel Geraldes said his company is now an information and communications technology (ICT) entity.
“We received a new licence in December 2012 that allows us to do more than just being a mobile operator,” he enthused.
That licence was granted by the Communications’ Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN).
Geraldes said the company invests sufficient finances in technology every year to enable it to improve its services to customers, noting that Namibia is at an advanced stage when it comes to fibre optic technology because of the West Africa Cable System (WACS).
WACS is a submarine communications’ cable linking southern Africa with the United Kingdom along the west coast of Africa.
Speaking at the same occasion, MTC’s Chief Technology Officer, Jose Neto said the company has so far invested about N.dollars 100 million in the submarine cable, and is looking forward to installing fibre optic cables around the country.
The cables have a high communication capacity, and hold many advantages for businesses and individuals.
Neto said the implementation of fourth-generation (4G) technology is moving fast, and surpassing the third-generation (3G) technology.
Amongst other things, 4G technology is high-speed and has a high capacity, compared to 3G technology.
Neto noted that as from May this year, 4G technology will be rolled out to eight other towns in the country. It is currently only available in Windhoek.
ICT Minister Joel Kaapanda said at the same event that customers have to be protected, as the use of online purchasing and other online services is on the increase.
“We need to increase data protection and fibre security that combats crime, which can be committed over the Web,” he added.
Kaapanda said the Electronic Transactions’ Bill will be discussed in Parliament soon.
It will address the issue of data protection, and it is hoped that it will create trust and confidence in online services.