By Oiva Angula
12 August 2018
Minister if Information and Communication Technology, Stanley Simataa, on Friday launched high-speed mobile and fixed broadband services at the Tallismanus settlement in the Otjombinde Constituency of the Omaheke Region.
The residents of Tallismanus, some 240 kilometres east of Gobabis, can now enjoy the benefits of Telecom Namibia’s quality, reliable and fast mobile and fixed voice and internet services. The clinic, schools, constituency office and government offices in the settlement are also a priority.
The event was attended, among others, by the Special Advisor to Omaheke Governor Pijoo Nganate, Otjombinde Constituency Councillor Katjanaa Kaurivi, local traditional leaders and members of the community.
The first-ever modern telecommunication services for Tallismanus was made a reality after Telecom Namibia had completed the construction of a high-speed fibre optic cable stretching from Buitepos via De Hoek to Rietfontein and then Tallismanus. A converged 4G (LTE) TDD/FDD base station for mobile voice and data services also went live.
`This Constituency has more than 6,300 inhabitants. One should admit, without doubt, that this is a deep, outlaying rural area. But the remoteness will not deter the Government and its stakeholder like Telecom Namibia to help improve lives through essential infrastructure roll-out,` said Minister Simataa.
He stressed that such digital investment by any ICT service provider in rural areas enhances opportunities for citizens of all ages, adding that such investment supports sectors like farming in data collection and observation, students and youth in learning, and residents in day-to-day life with connected devices.
`It is all part of our Government’s plan to help create opportunity in all communities, including rural communities in the far-flung areas of Namibia,` the Minister pointed out.
Simataa stressed that it was no longer acceptable for citizens in rural areas like Otjombinde to watch the internet revolution from the sidelines as they ought to be part of it and reap the associated social and economic benefits.
`We mean serious business when we say that rural and township areas should have the same network experience such as the people who reside in urban areas are accustomed,` he said.
Commenting on the launch, Theo Klein, Telecom Namibia Chief Executive Officer said, `I am pretty sure this development provides an opportunity for especially the youth to make a real difference to their community.`
The Telecom chief said bringing fixed broadband and mobile coverage and internet to a rural area gives that community a real boost – both economically and socially. `I am looking forward to seeing this community light up and start to experience the benefits modern fixed and mobile connectivity,` Klein said.
Ovambanderu Senior Chief, Erastus Kahuure expressed the community’s gratefulness towards the government and Telecom Namibia for bringing modern telecommunication services to the community of Tellismanus, while urging the community to meaningfully use the service to better their lives.