(Ecofin Agency) - NamPower, Namibian national electricity firm, has decided to diversify its operations to contribute to the population's wellbeing. In that regard, the state-owned firm is going into the internet segment using its backbone initially conceived to monitor the power grid. Kauna Ndilula, president of NamPower’s administrative board, indicates that this move into the internet segment is necessary because it is the “future of digital communication.”
According to Kauna Ndilula, “the new product offering will provide Namibia with the much-needed additional national telecommunications bandwidth.” She also indicated that it would let internet service providers offer quality internet.
Kahenge Haulofu (photo), managing director of Nampower, explained that thanks to the fibre optics grid, NamPower would act as a vendor providing optical fibre access to other parties.
Praising this initiative, which will boost broadband access in remote areas, Stanley Simataa, the IT minister, called telecom firms to invest in rural zones or the concentration of telecom infrastructures in towns would become a hurdle to national development.