NamPower and Paratus Africa sign agreement for telecommunication services

29 Jul 2019 19:00pm
WINDHOEK, 29 JUL (NAMPA) – NamPower on Monday signed a contract with Paratus Africa to access its fibre optic technology for the provision of telecommunication services.
Through the agreement, Paratus Africa will now include access into the Gridonline of NamPower in strategic locations in order to extend both its national fibre coverage as well as implementing redundancy for its routes in and across Namibia.
Signing on behalf of NamPower, its Managing Director Kahenge Simson Haulofu explained that the launch of the Gridonline in March signaled the opening of the power utility’s spare fibre capacity on its fibre optic network to licensed telecommunication service providers.
He added that the service offering from the Gridonline is one the most important enablers for the Information Communication Technology sector in Namibia.
“It is our responsibility to make these services equally accessible to everyone, as upholding a levelled playing field for all stakeholders is very important to us” Haulofu said.
The service is supported by the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology as part of infrastructure sharing and as required by the Communication Regulatory Authority of Namibia, he noted.
Paratus Africa Chief Executive Officer, Barney Harmse on his part said the company has done extensive construction and testing since last year and has completed access into the Van Eck (Windhoek) and Swakopmund sub-stations months ago while construction into Zambezi and Walvis Bay sub-stations have commenced.
The constructions phase, he continued cost millions to implement and forms part of that company’s investment strategy into infrastructure across the African continent.
“It is now able to provide active service level agreement option with 99.8 per cent and 99.9 per cent up-time dependant on customer budget,” Harmse said.
Paratus is a multinational organisation with a prolific network across 20 African countries which include Angola, Botswana, Mozambique South Africa and Zambia.