By Hilary Mare
THE ICT sub-index has shown improvements in usage for individual, business and Government with business usage registering the highest score of 3.7 out of 7 in 2015.
Speaking at the recently held Invest in Namibia conference, Tjekero Tweya, Minister of information and Communication Technology said that telecommunication services have increased rapidly with the introduction of mobile phone services in the country post-independence to the birth of Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT).
Namibia’s mobile phone network population coverage has increased exponentially to 95 percent since the 1990s, while subscriptions are recorded at 119.16 per 100 inhabitants. Namibia has successfully implemented the Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) migration from analogue to digital television as required by the Telecommunications Union and DTT coverage has increased to 74.4 percent. Penetration of fixed telephone lines is recorded at 7.98 per 100 households, with fixed broadband subscribers at 1.97 per 100 inhabitants.
About 25 percent of educational Institutions are currently connected by means of broadband infrastructure, whereas the percentage of health facilities connected by means of broadband infrastructure is only about 13 percent.
“The ICT sector of Namibia is still small but rapidly growing. At the beginning of the last decade, a series of legislative processes aimed at promoting ICT in Namibia were put in place such as Namibian Communication Act, 2009, ICT policy 2009, Telecommunications Policy, Broadcasting Act 1990, Postal policy and New Licensing framework and the DTT policy to mention a few. “A number of policy interventions were also initiated to ensure and achieve inclusive development through the use of ICT. This initiatives are the Universal access, Broadband connectivity, mobile penetration, digital TV, education and training, information security and privacy, cyber security, reduction of ICT emission levels and ICT waste, e-Governance, data protection and internet governance. Right legal frameworks create a fair and competitive ICT environment that can foster innovation and inclusive development for all as it is the state’s responsibility to act as regulator and enabler,” explained Tweya.
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