WINDHOEK: Namibia is among the 105 countries with more mobile-cellular subscription than inhabitants.
In Africa, countries such as Botswana, Gabon, Sychelles and South Africa are among the countries with more mobile-cellular subscription than inhabitants.
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.
Minister of Information and Communication Technology Joel Kaapanda announced this on Tuesday during the official opening of Telecom Namibia Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Summit underway in Windhoek.
He said more than 80 0000 customers accessed the Internet through a personal compute or tablets and over 470 000 via their mobile phones, giving close to 550 000 users accessing mobile Internet from various platforms.
He also indicated that fixed broadband penetration increased by 28,7 per cent during 2011, and the same growth is expected this year.
As per current figures, fixed broadband penetration currently stands at 5,3 per cent per household.
Namibia’s direct exchange line penetration stood at 7,3 per 100 inhabitants, which translates at about 40 per cent per household.
Kaapanda noted that Namibia has made good progress when it comes to access and infrastructure.
According to the country’s Fourth National Development Plan adequate ICT infrastructure is to be put in place by 2017 to facilitate economic development and competitiveness through innovation, research and development.
“In order to give practical effect to this target in NDP4, we need to reap the real or transformational benefits that ICT will bring to us,” he said.
The Minister then called upon IT companies and telecommunications service providers to make it their daily business to demonstrate to the country’s citizenry many of the practical applications of ICT in such areas as education, health, environment, banking, public administration, transport and commerce for the benefit of citizens, consumers and business at large.
“The colaboration and participation of all industry players and innovative entrepreneurs is needed to shoulder the task,” he said.
The Summit, being attended by close to 600 people ends on Thursday.