WINDHOEK: With the landing of the West Africa cable System (WACS) at Swakopmund early last year, Telecom Namibia is busy extending its national infrastructure with a total of four international Points of Presence to be connected into the WACS undersea cable.
Managing Director of Telecom Frans Ndoroma announced on Thursday that the Points of Presence will be located in cape Town, Johannesburg, Frankfurt and London.
Ndoroma who was speaking at the Telecom of Namibia 20th Anniversary said these points means cheaper, more direct interconnections with other telecoms providers throughout the world, without the need to route through third parties in South Africa.
“We have similarly connected Namibia fibre optic cables to Angola, Zambia, Botswana and South Africa,” he boasted, adding that today, Telecom Namibia has linked the land-locked countries of Zambia and Botswana to the WACS.
WACS is an undersea telecoms fibre-optic cable laid along the West African coast to allow high bandwidth connectivity for the country and its neighbours. It went live on last month after it was inaugurated by President Hifikepunye Pohamba and Botswana President Seletse Khama Ian Khama at Swakopmund.
WACS brings affordable Information and Communication Technology (ICT) services to citizens and will open up opportunities for further growth of such services in those countries.
In addition, Ndoroma said Telecom Namibia’s most recent innovation is its new broadband, speedlink, which aims to provide customers with faster and cheaper internet services.
“With Speedlink, Telecom Namibia has redefined true speed, value for money and unequaled quality broadband services in this country,” he said.
Several Cabinet Ministers, captain of industry and Telecom staff attended the event that took place at a local hotel.