By Hilary Mare
PAN African telecommunications operator Paratus Telecoms plans to invest a total of more than N$150 million on infrastructure in Namibia over the next three years, of which N$100 million will be invested in fibre infrastructure. Paratus Telecoms group CEO Barney Harmse who was speaking after the announcement that the company had managed to connect residents in the Finkenstein estate, east of Windhoek, with fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) – a first in Namibia, stated that Paratus Telecoms has already started to deploy fibre to 550 homes and will be providing an all-inclusive turnkey service solution to residents. He noted that this was the first FTTH deployment in Africa for a privately-owned Pan- African operator, built on own infrastructure.
“The entire solution is an end-to-end solution from Paratus Telecom, completely independent of any third-party infrastructure. Looking forward, we plan to invest a total of more than N$150 million on infrastructure in Namibia over the next three years, of which N$100 million will be invested in fibre infrastructure,” Harmse explained. The developers of Finkenstein Manor and Finkenstein Village have partnered with Paratus Telecom to create the first-ever Namibian digital village, providing each home with a gateway to the digital age.
Residents will be able to enjoy access to Triple-play connectivity, which includes voice, video and data solutions. Not only is fibre the catalyst to Triple-play service options for the residents but due to its inherent speed, capacity and reliability, fibre will allow Finkenstein to implement a fully comprehensive access control and security solution, which will include CCTV on the estate – one of the primary objectives envisaged by the developers.
Finkenstein Estate is a residential development 12 km east of Windhoek on the main road to the Hosea Kutako International Airport. The residents enjoy privacy and open spaces creating a blend of the development into the environment.
Finkenstein Village and Manor developer Gerdus Burmeister said the fibre infrastructure would eventually be deployed to more than 1 000 homes. “Compared to any other connectivity medium, fibre reigns supreme. “Due to its inherent speed, capacity and reliability, fibre will now enable us to implement a fully comprehensive access control and security solution which will include closed-circuit television on the estate – one of our primary objectives. Residents will now also be able to enjoy access to triple-play connectivity including voice, video and data solutions,” he added. Paratus has 3 000 active satellite terminals across Africa, and is the second largest operator of iDirect Hubs providing communication services to Africa. It operates hubs in the UK, South Africa, Angola and Namibia. The telecommunications company has also entered the South African telecoms market by acquiring Maxwell Technology (Pty) Limited, a full-spectrum end-to-end connectivity solutions provider.
Paratus Telecom South Africa aims to be the connectivity solutions facilitator of choice for all companies expanding into Africa. With a presence in over 22 countries, it is well positioned to address any connectivity requirements. Paratus was founded as Internet Technologies Namibia in 2005 as the first privately and 100 percent wholly owned Namibian telecommunications operator. In 2012, Paratus was issued with a Class Comprehensive Telecommunications Service Licence, following further expansion of its 4G network. In February this year, Paratus’ Namibian competitor, MTC Namibia, said its N$1 billion investment to expand 3G/4G network would hang in the balance due to a lack of spectrum if the Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia did not allocate MTC the additional spectrum required to implement the project.
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