The Namibian government has ordered the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism to conduct a strategic environmental assessment of the introduction of 5G technology in the country, reports The Namibian. The government has also asked the Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN) to accelerate the development of a 5G strategy for Namibia, which will be submitted to cabinet for consideration. Information minister Peya Mushelenga said the proposed environmental assessment should be conducted before the possible introduction of 5G technology.
The government’s planned environmental assessment comes a few weeks after the Windhoek municipality announced plans to upgrade the city’s mobile network, which could enable the introduction of 5G. The City of Windhoek was awarded Class Comprehensive Electronic Communication Network Services and Electronic Communications Services licences by the Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN) in March of this year.