Namibia launches National Broadband Policy

18 Feb 2020

Namibia’s Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Stanley Simaata, has officially launched the country’s National Broadband Policy and Implementation Action Plan, first outlined in October 2019. Presenting the policy to a parliamentary standing committee on ICT and innovation, the minister described broadband as a ‘technology that can fundamentally restructure an economy’, boosting GDP growth, jobs, trade, service delivery and social development. The policy aims to provide broadband speeds of at least 2Mbps to 95% of the population by 2024, promote the development of content and applications, reduce the digital divide, and provide incentives for further investment in broadband deployment. Whereas the policy itself spans a ten-year period to 2029, the accompanying five-year implementation plan is designed to ensure effective delivery from the outset.