15 September 2006

Namibia: Telecom Namibia to Provide Broadband Internet Services

Windhoek — Telecom Namibia plans to deploy asymmetrical digital subscriber line (ADSL) technology by the end of this year, the company said this week. This follows the signing of a contract between the company and Huawei Technologies under which the latter will deliver ADSL equipment for deployment at 120 locations throughout the country to provide ADSL related products for residential and business users. The cost of the contract was not disclosed.

Frans Ndoroma, MD of Telecom Namibia and Teddy Lee, Huawei's fixed network product manager for southern Africa , signing the ADSL contract in Gobabis last week.

"Telecom Namibia will rollout the ADSL service in the capital city, Windhoek first, ahead of a national rollout that will see the extension of the ADSL footprint to other major centres of the country by December this year. The project will be implemented in two phases," said the email statement released in Windhoek. Telecom Namibia managing director, Frans Ndoroma and Teddy Lee, Huawei's fixed network product manager for southern Africa, signed the contract in Gobabis last week. As part of the contract, the parties will install 7,088 ADSL ports over the next three months that will provide users in Windhoek and across the country with quality Internet connection.

Once installed, ADSL provides a continuous always-on connection to the Internet with uninterrupted access to the worldwide web and instant e-mail messaging, the statement said.

"Adding ADSL to our product offering represents another milestone. Rolling out of ADSL is one example of the commitment we are making to support our customers' information communications needs," said Ndoroma. Lee said Huawei is very excited about this opportunity to work with Telecom Namibia to bring the benefits of high-speed connectivity to businesses and consumers in Namibia. "We are honoured to strengthen our partnership with Telecom Namibia by providing ADSL technology, which shall bring broadband services to customers in Namibia," said Lee.

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