The Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN) says it is preparing to issue spectrum for 5G in March 2023 along with a consumer awareness campaign to address myths, misconceptions and misinformation about 5G, CBN reported. CRAN CEO Emilia Nghikembua said there remain great opportunities for the private sector investment and local participation in last-mile connectivity, most notably mobile 4G broadband. She said MTC and Telecom Namibia have extensive network coverage in every region, but there is room to expand to 100 percent population coverage.

Nghikembua said that the regulator will do more work to promote technological innovation and improved quality of service. CRAN will issue more spectrum for the deployment of digital infrastructure to ensure that the cost to customers for services and devices is reasonable and affordable.

According to CRAN’s 2021 telecoms market report, population coverage stands at 85 percent for 4G. with seven out of fourteen regions having coverage below 80 percent. Kunene has less than 50 percent 4G population coverage.

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