Namibia to offer new wireless internet licences

27 Mar 2006

The Namibian Communication Commission (NCC) is preparing to hold an auction for wireless operating licences, with the intention of establishing new wireless ISPs (WISPs) and Wi-Fi hotspot providers. The move is in line with recommendations by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) that regulators open up wireless markets to competition to enable the spread of services and lowering of prices. NCC chairman David Imbili told The Economist newspaper that the commission will test the level of interest in the market before making a final decision. Imbli also confirmed that a new Communications Bill was due to be passed later this year, paving the way for the liberalisation of Namibia’s fixed line sector.