Paratus Telecom has confirmed the deployment of a small-scale fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network in Namibia. The first areas covered are the residential communities of Finkenstein Manor and Finkenstein Village, which are situated east of the capital, Windhoek. 550 homes are currently connected to the telco’s FTTH platform, a figure which will rise to 1,000 in due course. Speaking to BizTechAfrica from his Botswana office, Barney Harmse, Paratus Telecom Group CEO, commented: ‘The entire [network] is an end-to-end solution from Paratus Telecom, completely independent of any third-party infrastructure. Looking forward, we plan to invest a total of more than ZAR150 million (USD10.6 million) on infrastructure in Namibia over the next three years, of which ZAR100 million will be invested in fibre infrastructure.’
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Paratus Telecom’s larger rival, state-owned Telecom Namibia, currently presides over a direct fibre access network covering selected areas of Windhoek, Hardap, Karas and Erongo. Take-up has been slow however, and according to the most recent statistical update from the Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN), the country accounted for just 122 FTTH broadband subscribers as of 30 June 2016, up from eleven at end-2015.