WINDHOEK: Namibia is amongst 105 countries with more cellular subscriptions than inhabitants. Minister of Information and Communication Technology Joel Kaapanda revealed today during the official opening of the Telecom Namibia Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Summit underway here that Botswana, Gabon, Seychelles and South Africa are some of the other African countries with more mobile phone subscriptions than their individual populations.
Kaapanda said mobile telephony penetration in Namibia has now passed 110 per cent, with about 2,35 million active customers for both Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) and Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) combined.
More than 80 000 customers accessed the Internet through a personal computer or tablet and over 470 000 via their mobile phones, resulting in close to 550 000 users accessing mobile Internet from various platforms.
Kaapanda indicated that Namibia has made good progress when it comes to access and infrastructure.
WINDHOEK; The Ministry of Education in conjunction with the Embassy of Finland in Namibia launched the Libraries for Development project in the capital today.
The Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Finnish Library Association is providing funding of N.dollars 1,1 million for the project for 2012, and N.dollars 1,2 million for 2013.
It is aimed at supporting capacity-building for personnel at Namibian libraries, specifically with regards to their Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and information searching skills.
It is also aimed at improving distance learning possibilities for out-of-school youth and establishing health corners at libraries, while promoting literacy though literacy classes.
There are currently 64 community libraries countrywide, of which 29 have ICT access.
The ministry has now set itself a target of having at least 41 community libraries with Internet access by the end of 2012, and to have all 64 libraries connected to the Internet by 2015.