Oranjemund, 4 November 2022 – As part of Telecom Namibia’s Integrated Strategic Business and Funding Plan, announced earlier this year, aimed at modernising its telecommunications network and to replace outdated infrastructure and technologies, Telecom Namibia has partnered with OMDis to roll out new fiber routes in the town of Oranjemund.
This is a strategic project under its operational plan, announced under its N$2,3 billion capex program to roll out digital infrastructure, funded from its own cash flows. Part of Telecom Namibia’s Capex plan is to accelerate the roll out of fiber to pass and connect thousands of homes, thereby improving the coverage of its existing 10,676 km (65.2% of the national coverage) national fiber backbone. This project will add an additional 67,6 kms of fiber to its existing national fiber backbone.
This investment will aid automation in various industries and boosts innovative product and service offerings. The company aims to connect more homes and businesses, with packages that start at 8Mbps and up to 120Mbps.
Given the emphasis on using digital innovation to build a safer, and more sustainable future for the betterment of the Namibian people, we are seeing greater focus on actualising smart communities. Telecom Namibia has partnered with OMDis to transform Oranjemund into a smart city which is digitally forward, liveable, inclusive, sustainable, and thereby prosperous.
The two entities signed a joint partnership agreement cementing the relationship on the 4th of November in Oranjemund, which also served as the official launch of the Oranjemund Core Fibre Connectivity Project. The agreement signals the serious intent of the two entities to invest in the expansion of digital technologies in Namibia, to enable the growth and development of digital services and digital communications. This joint investment ensures that the community of Oranjemund has the necessary infrastructure in place to enable its digital transformation.
Phase 1 of the planned joint investment of around twelve million, will commence in November, along the CBD area, and will take about 8 months to complete. The project will rollout 67.6 km of fibre and connect more than two thousand residential and businesses customers to the fiber-optic network.
The essence of any smart city is reliable connectivity, which means a robust telecommunication backbone. Telecom Namibia’s Board Vice Chairperson Amanda Hauuanga said turning Oranjemund into a smart city requires ultra-reliable connectivity, which makes Telecom Namibia the perfect digital transformation partner.
“A smart city requires a connectivity between the citizens, service providers and government. Telecom Namibia understands the pivotal role connectivity plays in a smart city ecosystem and hence we believe we are the most suitable partner to help transform OMDis into just that, a smart city with all-things-digital,” expressed Hauuanga.
Hauuanga further stated that OMDis will be able to leverage on what Telecom Namibia has to offer by providing data transparency and fibre technologies to connect and improve infrastructure, efficiency, convenience, and quality of life for residents of Oranjemund and visitors alike.
Mr Tony Bessinger, OMDis General Manager, revealed that the diamond town will be the first town in southern Namibia to be fully covered with Fiber-optic technology which is considered the gold standard of network infrastructure because it offers faster speeds and more bandwidth.
“Oranjemund will be the first town in the south to be completely covered by high-speed fiber. It is a deal structured such that the cost benefit of OMDis’ investment is passed on to the end-user. High speed internet at the cheapest price in Namibia!,” he said.
Bessinger further revealed that placing the entire town of Oranjemund under affordable internet fiber connectivity, will create possibilities not only for residents to advance their livelihoods, but also for investors in other industries to create businesses locally. Oranjemund will become a more desirable destination for a growing digital population seeking new and exciting places to work from. It will transform how inhabitants are educated, how they live, how they create value for themselves and community, and thus the signing agreement ceremony is lying the foundation for a SMART City.
Telecom Namibia Chief Executive Officer, Stanley Shanapinda stated that the fibre infrastructure will propel the Oranjemund Town’s digital transformation journey to become a smart city and will positively impact various strategic sectors, as identified by OMDiS.
“The partnership between OMDis and Telecom Namibia will positively impact sectors, such as tourism, industrial development, healthcare, agriculture, SME development, education and property development. This partnership will advance a top of the range telecommunication network infrastructure to position the Oranjemund town as a smart city in the near future and will assist Oranjemund to cement its position as a centre for healthcare, agriculture, education, while opening opportunities for digital transformation, accessing enhanced digital and value-added services, like no other town in Namibia” he said.
Shanapinda also expressed that this project will set the benchmark for other towns, necessitating a closer cooperation between town councils and the ICT sector in ensuring smart homes and businesses – a benchmark Telecom is positioned and experienced to emulate in any other given town. It will also bring value to the town with potential to attract tourist, nomads, investors, through fibre, which is future proof technology, with less maintenance and enormous speed capacity benefits to the Oranjemund community. He further conveyed that residents, businesses and investors of the town of Oranjemund will be able to experience truly uncapped internet connectivity at the following affordable rates, after project completion:
- Download speeds available ranges from 8 Meg to 120 Meg with a variety of options for customers.
- With the lowest offer coming at a monthly charge of N$ 363 per month for an 8 Meg package.
- The 10 Meg and 25 Meg packages will cost as low as N$ 434 and N$ 538 per month respectively while the 120 Meg package will be available at N$ 1,622 per month.
- Customers will have various options to choose from based on their needs with contract options available for 12 months, 24 months, 36 months and 60 months.
- All packages are truly UNLIMITED at a flat rate per month.
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