MTN Group To Introduce New Products In Namibia
According to MTN Namibia Executive, Hester Marais, MTN will be using Namibia’s state-owned network for its services, with further plans to also make its entrance into the local money market.
MTN has had operations only as an internet service provider to businesses in the SouthWest African country for over two decades,
Namibia with a recorded population of about 2.5 million people currently has only two mobile operators. The first is TN Mobile, a mobile telecommunications company 100 percent owned by Telecom Namibia which is owned by Namibia Post and Telecom Holdings Limited, a government agency while the second, Mobile Telecommunications Limited Namibia (MTC-Namibia), is a mobile phone company with a 66 percent ownership by Namibia Post and Telecom Holdings Limited, a government parastatal.
So far, MTC which was established in 1994, is the largest mobile operator in Namibia with over two million active subscribers.
This move by MTN will extend its reach within the continent, with significant business operations in countries like Nigeria, Uganda and Ghana with Nigeria as the group’s biggest market, followed by Iran (Middle East), and South Africa, its headquarters in Africa.
According to reports, Namibia has an excellent telephone system with core fibre-optic network links in most centres and digital connections. There are multiple mobile-cellular providers with a combined subscribership of over 100 telephones per 100 persons.
As far as internet access issue goes, there are no government restrictions; however, Namibia's Communications Act has declared that the intelligence services can monitor e-mail and Internet usage with legal authorisation. The constitution adheres to freedom of speech and press rights.