Simataa launches telecommunication services in Okongo

11 Nov 2018 11:10am
OKONGO, 11 NOV (NAMPA) – Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Stanley Simataa officially launched a fibre optic route for the Okongo, Oshikunde and Omundaungilo constituencies on Saturday.
The high speed fibre-based network forms part of Telecom Namibia’s efforts to extend its communication services to remote areas and will link the three constituencies and surrounding settlements such as Oshuuli and Oupili to the rest of the country.
Officially commissioning the fibre optic network on Saturday, Simataa said it will serve a combined population of close to 50 000 residents.
He thanked the communities for exercising patience and tolerance while waiting for advanced telecommunication services since Namibia gained its independence in 1990.
“Our ultimate objective is to place every single service online,” Simataa noted.
He pointed out that improved and reliable telecommunication networks enable people to engage in technology services such as e-commerce, e-health and online research and planning.
He appealed to Telecom to ensure stability, reliability and harmony in the country’s telecommunications sector.
Telecom Namibia’s Chief Executive Officer, Theo Klein at the same event revealed that his company will in the near future extend the Okongo-Oshikunde-Omundaungilo fibre optic network to Mpungu and Nkurenkuru in the Kavango West Region, through to Rundu in the Kavango East Region.
Ohangwena regional councillors of the beneficiary constituencies, Lonia Kaishungu-Shinana (Oshikunde) and Festus Ikanda (Omundaungilo) commended the government for, through Telecom, extending telecommunication services to their communities.
Ikanda, chatting to Nampa before the launch, said for 26 years, his office did not have a fax line or internet services.