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Namibia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Namibia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Namibia's MTC launches N$1.1 billion project to provide 100% population coverage by 2019

Although Namibia was slow to introduce competition in the mobile market, with a second operator not licensed until 2006, the market has since seen penetration rates rise to well above the regional average. A new player, Paratus Telecom, has launched LTE services to compete with those offered by MTC, while in late 2017 the regulator licensed Demshi Investment to provide mobile voice and data services. MTC in late 2017 launched a major infrastructure program aimed at delivering national population coverage by October 2019.

Fixed-line services are still a monopoly of Telecom Namibia, but as a member of the WTO the government plans to open the telecom sector to full competition.

Although Namibia's internet and broadband sector is reasonably competitive, with a small number of active ISPs, its development was for long held back by high prices for international bandwidth caused by the lack of a direct connection to international submarine fibre optic cables. This changed in 2011 when the WACS cable landed in the country. International cable services were launched in May 2012. In parallel, Namibia is diversifying its transit access routes via adjacent countries.

The country's growth in broadband services has been helped by developments with 3G and LTE network rollouts, as well as by investments in national fibre backbone infrastructure. Several WiMAX and other wireless broadband services offer additional access options and are standing by to bring additional competition to the voice market as well, once internet telephony is deregulated.

Key developments:

Telecom Namibia deploys more WiMAX base stations; MTC triples mobile data speeds with launch of LTE-A technology;
MTC launched N$1 billion network expansion project, dubbed 081Every1;
Telecom regulator holds workshop on implementing 5G in Namibia;
Exclusive Gateway Networks proposes building a Single Telecoms Gateway to manage all voice and data traffic;
Report update includes the regulator's market data to June 2017, operator data for fiscal 2016, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Telecom Namibia; Mobile Telecommunications (MTC); Cell One (Leo, Orascom); Powercom; MTN Business Namibia; MWEB Namibia; Africa Online Namibia; Internet Technologies Namibia; iWay.


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Country statistics Namibia - 2017 (e)
    • Table Fixed-line network statistics - 2017 (e)
    • Table Internet provider statistics - 2017
    • Table Internet user statistics - 2017 (e)
    • Table Mobile statistics - 2017 (e)
    • Table National telecommunications authority
  • COUNTRY OVERVIEW
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
      • Table Telecom sector revenue ($) - 2007 - 2015
      • Table Telecom sector revenue (N$) - 2007 - 2015
      • Table Total telephony revenue (N$) - 2009 - 2013
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITIES
      • Ministerial Communications Division
      • CRAN (formerly NCC)
    • COMMUNICATIONS ACT 2009
    • TELECOM SECTOR LIBERALISATION
    • INTERNATIONAL GATEWAYS
    • INTERCONNECTION
    • NUMBER PORTABILITY (NP)
    • INFRASTRUCTURE SHARING
    • UNIVERSAL SERVICE
  • FIXED-NETWORK OPERATOR
    • TELECOM NAMIBIA (TN)
      • Table Telecom Namibia financial data - 2007 - 2016
      • Table Telecom Namibia exchange lines - 2012 - 2016
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • Table Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995 - 2009
    • Table Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 2010 - 2018
    • NATIONAL FIBRE BACKBONE NETWORKS
    • NEXT-GENERATION NETWORK (NGN)
      • Table Telecom Namibia switching capacity - 2009 - 2014
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Table International internet bandwidth - 2003 - 2016
      • Table Internet bandwidth per subscriber - 2003 - 2016
      • Submarine cables
  • FIXED-LINE BROADBAND MARKET
    • INTRODUCTION AND STATISTICAL OVERVIEW
    • BROADBAND STATISTICS
      • Table Historic - Internet users and penetration rate - 1996 - 2009
      • Table Internet users and penetration rate - 2010 - 2018
      • Table Fixed-line broadband subscribers - 2005 - 2018
    • FIXED-LINE BROADBAND TECHNOLOGIES
      • Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
        • Table DSL broadband subscribers - 2012 - 2018
        • Table DSL connections by data rate - 2010 - 2016
        • Table Telecom Namibia fixed broadband subscribers - 2013 - 2016
      • Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
      • Other fixed-line broadband services
        • Table Fixed-wireless broadband subscribers - 2013 - 2016
  • DIGITAL ECONOMY
    • E-COMMERCE
    • E-GOVERNMENT
  • MOBILE MARKET
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 - 2009
      • Table Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2010 - 2018
      • Table Mobile prepaid and contract subscribers - 2013 - 2016
    • MOBILE DATA
      • Table SMS messages sent - 2009 - 2016
    • MOBILE BROADBAND
      • Table Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration - 2009 - 2017
      • Table Dedicated and standard mobile broadband subscribers - 2009 - 2016
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Licensing
      • Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
        • Table Mobile Termination Rates - 2008 - 2013
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Digital networks
      • Third generation (3G)
      • Long-term Evolution (LTE)
      • 5G developments
    • OTHER INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENTS
      • GPRS/EDGE
      • HSPA
      • Satellite mobile
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • MTC
        • Table MTC mobile subscribers - 2005 - 2016
        • Table MTC mobile financial data - 2005 - 2016
      • Telecom Namibia Mobile (Cell One, Leo)
        • Table Telecom Namibia mobile subscribers - 2005 - 2016
      • Paratus Telecom
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • Mobile banking
  • RELATED REPORTS

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