Telecom Namibia’s senior manager of corporate communications, Oiva Angula, has given a progress update on the telco’s high speed fibre-optic backbone expansion programme connecting central and regional government nationwide, confirming that the construction of the primary fibre route linking the central government to all 14 regional administrative capitals is complete, while a secondary route to add back-up/redundancy has established fibre connectivity to twelve regional administrative capitals, with the remaining links scheduled to be completed in March. ‘The secondary route is important to ensure that the regional administrative capitals remain connected in cases of failures on the primary route’, Angula told The Namibian newspaper. During the second phase of the project, Telecom Namibia has invested about NAD70 million (USD6 million). The third phase of the project involves the establishment of high speed fibre connections to link up individual government offices, ministries and agencies to the national government core fibre network, in which Telecom is expected to make further investments in last mile fibre-optic connections, said Angula. The network is required to support government efforts towards decentralisation as well as the distribution of West Africa Cable System (WACS) capacities to individual government offices, ministries and for government agencies to make effective e-governance available to the broader public. Angula added that, with approximately 12,000km of fibre-optic cable across the country, 78 provider edge access routers have been deployed, covering 57 points of presence (towns), while for fixed broadband and other high speed broadband access services, Telecom has rolled out Multi Service Access Nodes (MSANs). ‘To date we have deployed 72 MSAN nodes. Our total broadband port capacity is currently standing at 92,000,’ the senior official disclosed. Meanwhile, in the mobile sector, Telecom expanded its cellular network with the rollout of 259 base stations in 2014.
In the past three years, Telecom Namibia invested about NAD1 billion, including spending on deployment of international points of presence (PoPs), implementation of a GSM and IMS core, the rollout of GSM base stations and Universal Backhauling Network, while investment in the WACS project was NAD181 million in 2012; Telecom is also connected to two high speed submarine fibre cable routes, SAT3 and SEACOM. Since inception, Telecom has invested NAD4.2 billion in infrastructure, services and business support systems, Mr Angula added.