Paratus Namibia has announced the signing of a fibre open access agreement with ISP AfricaOnline, noting it is the first of many infrastructure sharing deals with licensed operators designed to provide fibre connectivity to the business and domestic market and obviate the need to duplicate costly infrastructure development. Paratus claims the move will enable fair competition and affordability to customers and users, while also opening economic opportunities for licensed operators to benefit from connecting to its growing fibre network.
Paratus Namibia MD Andrew Hall said: ‘This is really a market disruptor because we are sharing our infrastructure in a way that has never been done before in our country. By breaking with tradition, we are launching a truly commercial initiative and giving a leg-up to the ICT industry by creating opportunities for other licensed operators to access our network. We have made significant investment in our infrastructure and this obviates the need for other operators to do so. The spin-off can only be positive and help boost business confidence.’ AfricaOnline Managing Director, Ingram van Heerden, commented: ‘Partnering with Paratus to be able to offer fibre services to the Namibian market allows us to continue offering the best technology at the best price to our customers without making a huge outlay of capital investment.’