Telecom Namibia’s New CEO Say He Has Big Plans For The Organisation

Telecom Namibia has appointed a new CEO, Stanley Shanapinda, the newly appointed executive, is former CEO of the Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN). This move is offering an advantageous perspective of the regulatory industry.

In an interview with Namibia Economist Shanapinda explained that the CRAN job allowed him to sit on the other side of the table, thus enabling him to understand the challenges service providers face, including available opportunities.

“As the CEO of Telecom Namibia, I can pre-empt what is likely to come. I know how to think like a regulator, and therefore I can incorporate that into our business strategies in the future. But also I feel empathy for the CEOs of the service providers because I am now walking in their shoes,” Shanapinda said.

Shanapinda perceives Telecom Namibia as the Fortune 500 of parastatals that are well managed according to best international practice as a service provider. As the leader of the organization, he will work to speed up service delivery at the parastatal, especially in terms of faster installations, the time it takes to provide the service and speeds supplied to its customers.

In the next couple of years, Shanapinda says he will be trying to get the company ready for 5G in order to switch on their five 5G installations, converting the company’s 2G and 3G sites to 4G capabilities and expanding their national footprint.
“These projects are awaiting approval from the Central Procurement Board of Namibia because we are a parastatal. The delay can be a little frustrating at times, but we are working with our colleagues at the Central Procurement Board to get these three projects started,” Shanapinda said.

Cable theft is prevalent in the country, leading to Telecom Namibia’s services being interrupted, this problem leads to considerable inconveniences in communities, including loss of internet connectivity. This is one of the issues Shanapinda will be looking into, in his quest to eradicate the black market.
“I do feel for our customers, and it must be very frustrating for them when our property gets stolen and the services that we provide to them that gets disrupted,” Shanapinda said.

Shanapinda has vast experience in information and communication technology industry. With over 17 years of work experience, he previously led legal services at Telecom Namibia and the Namibia Post and Telecommunications Holdings. He was also a research fellow at the computer science and IT department at La Trobe University Melbourne, Australia, prior to his Telecom appointment.


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