ACROSS the globe, access to technology and the internet is no longer a luxury only attainable by developed countries.
The most recent figures from the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the governing body for LTE and 4G standards, show that global internet access and usage has increased significantly, by up to 43 percent between 2000 and 2015, with Africa alone seeing a 28 percent increase.
Mobile subscriptions have also risen globally by a staggering 90 percent, thanks to better network coverage and affordability.
Taking the abovementioned into account, it has become imperative for Namibia to adjust its national approach and overall strategy on broadband connectivity, and allow for greater investment in the sector.
The spread of wireless technology across Namibia is frequently hampered by regulatory barriers, which make it difficult for service providers to deploy the necessary infrastructure.
However, in recent years Namibia has seen the collective efforts of dedicated technology companies, businesses, policymakers and civil society members succeeding in harnessing improved outcomes and laying the foundation for social, economic and industrial benefits that wireless technology can bring to the country.
Adequate funding for entrepreneurs and well-established wireless operators is also lacking in Namibia, with funding being key to the speeding up of the adoption of advanced wireless technologies.
This requires a liberalised ICT sector that encourages entrepreneurs, and perfectly viable initiatives, among the business community, as well as crystal clear government policies aimed at nurturing the development of the country’s digital state.
The main factors that drive the adoption of wireless technologies almost everywhere in the world is the increasing demand for smartphones and associated data traffic, as well as the desire for people and enterprises from all market sectors to stay continuously connected. Namibia is no different. We expect this trend to continue well into the future, thus creating even more of a need for wireless solutions.
There are a number of vertical markets, in which we have seen increased activity recently, resulting in their accelerated adoption within Africa.
These are the government, fixed and mobile operator, energy, transportation and enterprise market sectors.
As Namibia continues to take the necessary steps to build and strengthen its economy, via the adoption of modern wireless technology, all its major stakeholders and businesses will continue to play a crucial role in the route Africa is taking to improve its overall economy.
Combined with the ever-increasing demand for better services, products and ways of life, Namibia’s shift to higher quality internet access will undoubtedly become a game-changing aspect that will impact positively on various aspects of its economic activities, and beyond.
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