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CDMA Switch and 3G-EvDO services stopped

Telecom Namibia will discontinue both the Switch voice and 3G-EvDO data services on its legacy CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) network. All CDMA sites will be shut down on 31 March 2015 as most customers have be transitioned off CDMA and onto the TN Mobile’s faster HSPA+/4G LTE networks.The entire CDMA footprint is already covered with GSM which we began building in 2013.

Customers who are still using their CDMA services are kindly advised to swap their CDMA numbers (e.g. 060-XXXXXXX), with a GSM SIM card of TN Mobile. Telecom Namibia is replacing all EvDO devices with new 3G and/or 4G LTE compatible dongles. To accommodate the needs of all current Switch and/or EvDO users, Telecom Namibia has a wide range of different pre-paid and post-paid mobile voice and Internet packages to choose from.

All advanced payments made by a customer will be credited where applicable.

There are several reasons for the decision to switch-off the CDMA network:

  • CDMA technology is no longer able to favourably compete with the GMS-based 3G and 4G LTE technologies.
  • CDMA is fast becoming obsolete around the world and the maintenance of the same will not be a simple affair for any telco in the mid and long term.
  • The main reason for shutting down the CDMA network is to avoid operating two mobile networks and offer mobile voice, data, and video services over a single GSM platform, as well as repurposing the spectrum, as needed.

This switchover from CDMA will allow us to focus our strategic effort on the advancement of GSM technology in the market, with the long term view of ensuring viability and further improving the quality of service to you as our esteemed customer. Our latest mobile products and services offered via TN Mobile are aimed at including you in the country’s digital future, and fuel innovation and entrepreneurship.

All CVDMA service users are kindly advised to contact their nearest Teleshop or call (085)120 toll-free and talk to a Customer Support Agent to assist. Any question regarding this notice, should be directed to the Corporate Communications and Public Relations Department at 061 – 2012448, or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

22 April 2015

A conference that brings together influential and senior experts in the information and communication technology (ICT) industry from within and outside the SADC region kicked off here on Wednesday.

The three-day-conference is an annual event with the main objective to prepare and approve the projects, programmes and budget for the new financial year of the Southern African Telecommunications Association (SATA).

In her official opening speech of the 35th SATA annual conference, Telecom Namibia Board member, Feitjie Veldskoen applauded SATA members and their Secretariat for their tireless efforts in ensuring that the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region is interconnected and also connected to the rest of the world.

“Today, all our citizens in the SADC region are using ICT in different facets of their lives. Furthermore, the ICT sector employs an enormous number of people and is the greatest contributor of our gross domestic product. In the last decade, mobile penetration for the region grew from an average of 2 per cent in 2000 to more than 95 per cent by the end of 2014, and continues to grow,” she said.

Veldskoen noted that several SADC countries now have mobile penetration levels that exceed the 100 per cent mark, with others catching up fast, adding that their biggest challenge, however, is still the development of infrastructure and access to rural communities.

Telecommunications and ICT sectors in the SADC region continue to grow and play a vital role as catalysts for sustainable economic development and growth, she said.

Veldskoen expressed happiness to learn that SADC-member States through SATA and other organisations are making changes within their own countries to include the integration of ICT in the transformation and growth of their respective economies.

“ICT has a huge and positive impact on economic growth as it has the potential to make supply chains more efficient, offer richer collaboration, make financial transactions faster, and more dynamic pricing and transparent processes. ICT can accelerate the flow of goods and services across SADC national borders, underpinned by effective competition; ICT stimulates and improves trade by connecting people and places previously not connected,” she told the meeting.

She also seriously warned SATA members of cybercriminals who are becoming more sophisticated and pose great risks to any country or government in the SADC region.

“Steps must be taken to improve our capacity in dealing with cyber threats and cybercriminals or else they will cause irreparable damage to our economies and countries. We need to step up our capacity building to ensure that our governments and law-enforcement officials remain ahead of existing cyber threats and on the pulse of emerging ones,” urged Veldskoen.

She then strongly appealed to SATA members that the general public and future generations need to be educated to use ICT in a safe and responsible manner.

“We have seen how societal values are sometimes negatively impacted due to the rapid advancement of ICT. Indecency and anarchy can seep in to any environment if not anchored on ethical value. In this regard, our cultural and societal values can come into play. I strongly believe in embracing developments in ICT but that it is also important to not forget our cultural roots and values. We should never, in the name of development, compromise on our values,” stressed Veldskoen.

The conference that runs under the theme: “ICT for the Benefit of All: Transforming our Society through Broadband and ICT Development” ends on Friday.

Participants are from host Namibia and other SADC member States including Angola, Zambia, Mauritius, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique, South Africa and Zambia.

(NAMPA)

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