Namibia’s capital Windhoek is seeking to provide a public Wi-Fi network as part of a deal worth more than NAD150 million (USD10.4 million), reports the Namibian. It is not yet clear if the public will have to pay for the Wi-Fi network, with the authorities previously stating in a municipal policy document last year that it would be free. A number of companies are said to be interested in the project, including leading telecom players MTN and Mobile Telecommunications (MTC). City of Windhoek spokesperson Harold Akwenye reiterated that it is too early to say whether the Wi-Fi will be free and could not specify exactly where it will be made available.
The city wants to use fibre-optic infrastructure to deliver the Wi-Fi network and Akwenye said that the new project will benefit education, health institutions and businesses in Windhoek. A private company is still yet to be selected for the Wi-Fi project, with Demchi Investment Holdings, Mentle Investments and Schoemanns Technologies all interested parties in addition to MTN and MTC.