18 Feb 2015 16:30pm
WINDHOEK, 18 FEB (NAMPA) The Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN) and Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) on Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to share and exchange data to advance telecommunications services and networks.
The entities are positive that the agreement will also ensure better planning and tackling of pertinent challenges facing the increasing Namibian population and growing economy.
CRAN regulates telecommunication services and networks, broadcasting services, postal services and the use and allocation of radio spectrum in Namibia.
The NSA is the central statistical authority of the State to collect, produce, analyse and disseminate official and other statistics in Namibia.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, CRANs acting chief executive officer Hilma Hitula said the signing of the MoU will address certain challenges CRAN is experiencing, such as collecting information and communication technology (ICT) data from households across Namibia.
She said the agreement will allow some NSA questionnaires to now incorporate questions on ICT, allowing CRAN to evaluate the economic status of the market and forecast the growth of the ICT industry.
We are of the concerted view that this MoU and its implementation will reinforce cooperation between CRAN and the NSA, and lead to the achievement of a common goal to collect, store, analyse and disseminate data that is critical for our country, said Hitula.
She added that statistics to be collected through the signed collaborative effort will also be shared with agencies such as the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) which uses this information to rank countries under the ICT Development Index.
ICT statistics include data on broadband, Internet use, mobile-cellular and mobile-broadband networks, amongst others.
CRAN will also be conducting an ICT GAP analysis, which will highlight the geographic areas in Namibia that are under-served by ICTs, and to address the needs through the Universal Access Service Fund which will be established shortly, said Hitula.
GAP analysis is a technique businesses use to determine what steps need to be taken in order to move from its current state to its desired future state.
Hitula announced that Namibia is currently ranked 105th out of 148 ITU member states.
On her part, NSA acting Statistician-General Liina Kafidi said the MoU enables the NSA to avail their Data Processing Centre to CRAN and related equipment.
Under this MoU, both parties commit to share necessary resources, publish information and bind themselves to the confidentiality they both ascribe to, she said.