Residents of Impalila Island, a small settlement in the east of the country, can now access fixed and mobile telecoms following the launch of Telecom Namibia services on 19 July 2019. As part of ongoing efforts to extend access to ICT products and services to more remote areas, the state-owned operator has deployed 2G and 3G equipment, WiMAX FDD fixed wireless technology, as well as a Multi-Service Access Node (MSAN) with GPON capability and a Universal Backhauling access node to provide Ethernet services to provide high speed data services to government offices on the island. Access to the MSAN is provided by means of an overhead fibre-optic cable.
According to Telecom Namibia’s acting CEO Calvin Muniswaswa, the deployment is part of the operator’s commitment to expanding services and network infrastructure to unconnected or underserved areas. ‘At Telecom Namibia we never stop investing in the development of our infrastructure,’ he added.