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      PowerCom builds new network towers

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      TUYAKULA MUSHEKO

      INFORMATION and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure development firm PowerCom (Pty) Ltd, a Telecom Namibia subsidiary, has commenced with the construction of four new towers at several towns around the country.

      The new towers are part of 22 to be erected this year.

      The company says the new towers involve an investment of N$5,4 million.

      The Oshikoto region will receive two towers at Eenghodi and Kupferquelle, while the Omusati and Kavango East regions will receive towers at Onkani and Ncaute.

      PowerCom chief executive officer Alisa Amupolo says the company is responding to the connectivity demands of several towns.

      “By providing this infrastructure, individuals and businesses can communicate and facilitate business, adding value to our country's economic growth,” she says.

      Amupolo says there is a growing need for digital services brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, and by providing this infrastructure, beneficiaries would have the opportunity to continue communicating and facilitating remotely.

      “The pandemic had a lasting impact on how technology integrates with our daily lives. With these new towers, PowerCom strives to minimise the digital divide by enabling connectivity for every Namibian,” Amupolo says.

      Infrastructure is a means to deliver goods and services that promote a nation's growth, she says.

      According to a publication of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, annual infrastructure investment requirements for electricity, road and rail transport, telecommunications and water are likely to average around 3,5% of the global gross domestic product until 2030.

      A survey by the International Monetary Fund on policy responses to the pandemic suggests that 28% of sub-Saharan countries that were able to switch to partial remote working arrangements by May 2020 had greater access to the internet as opposed to 17% of the countries that could not switch to remote working.

      In the sub-Saharan region mobile download speed is on average more than three times slower than in the rest of the world, and affordability remains a barrier as the cost of accessing digital technologies remains high.

      The three major ICT companies in Namibia, PowerCom, MTC and Paratus, have been expanding their connectivity bases in the last few months, and on assets, Telecom towers above the rest.

      Email: tuyakula@namibian.com.na


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