Telecom to expand fibre optic network by 2015: Kaapanda

01 Apr 2014 11:10am
WINDHOEK, 01 APR (NAMPA) - Telecom Namibia will expand the national fibre optic backbone network from 9 625 kilometres (km) to 9 925 km by 2015.
Information and Communication Technology Minister Joel Kaapanda announced this while introducing his ministry’s budget allocation of N.dollars 566 million for the 2014/15 financial year on Monday.
Kaapanda said Telecom Namibia is one of the State-owned enterprises (SOEs) which does not receive funding from Government. However, it has an obligation towards the implementation of national projects.
The minister said the national backbone capacity will also be upgraded by a high-capacity, dense wavelength division multiplex optical highway system, which was completed during the previous financial year.
The system can accommodate multiples of 10 gigabytes per second (GB/s) wavelengths from a single 10 GB/s system.
The number of fixed broadband access technologies will be expanded, and the number of fixed broadband clients is expected to increase from 40 594 to 41 600.
“On the Government network, Telecom Namibia is making an investment of about N.dollars 67 million to establish network infrastructure required to provide inter-connect capacity for Government service hubs at the 14 regional capitals, as well as five locations in Windhoek,” said the minister.
Kaapanda further stated that Government will be making an investment of about N.dollars 21 million to deploy information technology (IT) equipment to the 14 regional councils.
Part of this investment is meant to establish fibre links to interconnect the Regional Councils to the existing Telecom Namibia national Internet Protocol/Multiple Protocol Label Switching network.
The investment will establish the underlying infrastructure required to provide electronic-government (e-government) services, and this network layer is optimised to transport data in a cost-efficient, secure manner and at high speed between all ministries and the public at large.
“Pivotal to this network are the two central service centres, reachable from any ministerial office across the country. This network allows the general public to access all the future e-government services,” he said.
Broadband data links were also established to connect various border posts across the country to a central control centre in Windhoek.
These data links enable the border posts to have real-time capability to communicate important passport data to the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration’s control centre, and to regulate the entry and exit of Namibian territory.