Netman goes rural

With the aim to provide customers with a range of its services to the previously-disadvantaged communities, including the full 4G experience, MTC recently opened a Netman Centre in rural Otjinene settlement in Omaheke Region.
Now motivated than ever, following its runner-up prize last week for its Netman 4G television commercial at the 5th Annual AfricaCom 2012 Awards ceremony held in Cape Town, South Africa, MTC now plans to open other centres in six more settlements before the end of this year.
MTC managing director, Miguel Geraldes, who accepted the award on behalf of the mobile company, said, he was proud that MTC came tops ahead of all the mobile giants in that category, which had made the competition tough.
“This award is not just for MTC but it speaks volumes about the creativity of the Namibian people and we are happy to accept this on behalf of the Namibian people and our creative team,” Geraldes said.
Meanwhile, among the delegates that attended the outstanding opening of the Netman Centre in Otjinene settlement, was the Omaheke Region governor, Laura Mcloed-Katjirua. She said her region is complemented by infrastructural development. Hence, she and her team are honoured to work with MTC.
“We are indeed privileged to be the first to be granted such an opportunity. This will help us fight the unemployment rate among our youth as well as provide them with better access to information for their academic research since they now have internet access,” she said.
The Netman Centre is an MTC-initiated project of an information and communications technology (ICT) container. The ICT container not only boasts of full internet services but it also allows for customers to make pre-payments on their accounts. It has fax and photocopy machine services and allows the community to buy MTC airtime and cell phones.
The Netman Centre is expected to play a vital role in bridging the digital divide by empowering rural communities through the provision of the much-needed communication services through connectivity while providing villages with access to MTC products, services and internet.
MTC chief human capital and corporate affairs officer, Tim Ekandjo said, as local leaders in the telecommunications space in the ICT circle, it is naturally required of them to be at the forefront of technologies but would be glad if others followed in their footsteps, because by doing so, we would all be heading in the right direction.
“For many years, the focus on ICT development has largely been concentrated in urban areas, we have therefore headed His Excellency Hifikepunye Pohamba’s call to take ICT development to rural areas as well,” stated Ekandjo.
The Netman Centre will be manned by the Ongondo Development Trust that has received substantial training from MTC’s sales and commercial teams on its various available products.
In order to ensure that the operator manages the container on a sustainable basis, MTC has offered it discounts on cell phones and airtime. In addition, it will assist the operator with N$2 000 per month to effectively manage the container in the best interest of the community.