WINDHOEK: Information and Communication Technology Minister Joel Kaapanda (ICT) says adequate ICT infrastructure should be in place by 2017 to facilitate economic development in the country.
This is in line with the vision contained in the National Development Plan Four (NDP IV).
The key strategy to attain the above-mentioned outcome is to ensure that all Namibians have access to affordable modern and reliable ICT, and that there is deeper penetration of broadband Internet in rural communities in order to minimize the digital divide, Kaapanda said when he introduced the ICT Universal Access and Service Policy in the National Assembly on Tuesday.
“Prior to the establishment of the Fund to be known as the Universal Access and Service Fund, we took the liberty to develop the policy that will guide the modus operandi of the stakeholders and the Fund itself”, he noted.
The Fund, as provided for by section 56 of the Communications’ Act of 2009, will cater for universal ICT access and services in Namibia.
The policy addresses the widespread availability, affordability and accessibility of a full range of ICT networks and services, from fixed and mobile voice through radio and television broadcasting, data and the Internet to the full range of broadband-enabled services.
“I pray that you take special note of this policy since its publication henceforth will have life quality- changing effects on the population of Namibia in that it will cause the creation of a Fund that will enable the roll-out of ICT infrastructure for effective service delivery to the most remote areas in Namibia”, the Minister said.
According to Kaapanda, the Universal Access and Service Policy will pave the way for adequate ICT infrastructure roll-out, and improve service delivery.