Namibia is charting a new trajectory in its Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector, with significant investments aimed at advancing digital connectivity and fortifying cybersecurity measures.

At the forefront of this initiative is the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, which recently unveiled a series of programs during the 23rd ICT Stakeholders’ Engagement held in Windhoek. Emma Theofelus, the Minister of Information and Communication Technology, outlined the ministry’s commitment to expanding digital access by rolling out 30 Radio Access Network towers over three years, at a cost of N$110 million. These towers aim to extend network coverage to previously unserved and underserved areas, ensuring equitable access to reliable digital services for all Namibians.

In addition to bolstering connectivity, the Ministry has allocated N$20 million towards establishing the Namibia Cybersecurity Incidence Response Team (Nam-CSIRT) under the purview of the Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN). This initiative represents a crucial step in enhancing the nation’s cybersecurity infrastructure, equipping Namibia to effectively respond to and manage cyber threats.

Furthermore, an additional N$15 million has been earmarked for the implementation of a 5G strategy, underscoring Namibia's commitment to embracing next-generation mobile networks for faster and more reliable internet service.

The Minister emphasized the importance of stakeholder involvement in revising the National Broadband Policy, inviting inputs to ensure a more inclusive and responsive digital future for Namibia. This collaborative approach is deemed essential as the country adapts its legislative and policy frameworks to keep pace with rapid technological advancements.

Namibia’s leadership in ICT was further highlighted by its selection by the International Telecommunication Union to implement the Southern African Development Community Model on the National Emergency Telecommunications Plan. This initiative outlines a comprehensive strategy for maintaining communication during natural disasters, showcasing Namibia's commitment to safeguarding its citizens and infrastructure against emergencies.

Minister Theofelus applauded the resilience and innovation demonstrated by the ICT sector, particularly amid the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. She commended the sector's efforts in elevating standards for innovation and productivity across various industries.

Furthermore, she reiterated the importance of SIM card registration, urging compliance to enhance security and service reliability.

Namibia stands on the cusp of a transformative era in digital connectivity and cybersecurity, poised to embrace the future with a robust and inclusive digital infrastructure.

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