Minister of the Information and Communication Technology (MICT), Joel Kaapanda commended the developments brought by the advent of Information Communications Technology both in Namibia and in general.
Kaapanda added that over the past four years, household internet access has grown fastest in Africa, with an annual growth rate of 27%, but despite a positive general trend, Internet penetration in Africa is estimated at only 16% of the population.
Speaking at the IT Conference, the minister went on saying that the Southern Africa Telecommunications Association (SATA) presents enormous opportunities among telecommunications operators and other ICT stakeholders to further consolidate and strengthen their linkages and synergies through networking and knowledge sharing, for the development of Africa’s ICT sector.
“The Government of Namibia, together with the Government of Botswana jointly participated in the financing of the development of the West Africa Cable System (WACS) which allowed our two countries to gain high-speed internet access and provide our people with affordable, accessible information and communication technology services”, said Kaapanda.
The meeting, hosted by Telecom Namibia was held under the auspices of the International Telecommunications Union - Telecommunication (ITU-T).
The four-day SNO forum is the only event in the telecommunications industry that focuses only on service and network operations and strives to drive standards bodies and industry organisations by being the "voice of service and network operations".
Among the topics under discussion are the operations of telecoms networks across fixed, mobile and next-generation networks, the service management of these networks, and challenges facing operators, carriers, internet service providers and next-generation telecommunications companies.