The Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN) has confirmed it plans to allocate spectrum in the 700MHz and 800MHz bands in 2023, as part of efforts to improve network coverage and quality of service throughout the country. According to the regulator, the additional frequencies should enable operators to increase the current population coverage from 85% to 88% without deploying any new cell towers. ‘These two spectrum bands will also allow operators to roll out 5G services in addition to 4G services, ensuring the optimal use of the spectrum to foster digital inclusivity throughout Namibia,’ CRAN spokesperson Katrina Sikeni told reporters. The watchdog revealed last month it was preparing to issue 5G spectrum before March.

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