An advert is viral on social media platforms alleging that Telecom Namibia is sponsoring a local concert featuring Nicki Myna, the Trinidadian-born American rapper, singer, songwriter and actress.

Telecom Namibia wants to categorically deny any knowledge of such sponsorship. The company has neither invited nor sponsored a Nicki Minaj Anaconda Hip Hop Rap Soul Concert in Windhoek as part of Namibia’s 25th Independence celebrations.

Members of the public are, thus, strongly advised not to fall prey to these types of misleading, deceptive advertisements and are forewarned against buying tickets to the event.

The public is also encouraged to report such uncalled for postings aimed at tarnishing the Telecom Namibia brand directly to us or the Police for investigation and possible legal action.

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OIVA ANGULA
Senior Manager: Corporate Communications & Public Relations

24 April 2015
By Oiva Angula

WINDHOEK - Namibia took over today the chairmanship of the Southern Africa Telecommunications Association (SATA), thus replacing the Republic of Angola, who led the organisation for 12 months.

The change of guard took place during SATA’s 35th annual conference which started 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 SATA financial year.

In his report as outgoing SATA chairman, Angola Telecom CEO João Adolfo Martins said that a number of key projects were successfully implemented during his tenure in office. These included the SADC Region Information Infrastructure Project Phase 2; SATA Backhaul Broadband Transmission Links Project and Human Capital Development Project.

Following the completion of SADC Region Information Infrastructure Phase-1 (SRII Phase-1) project, SATA embarked into the implementation of SRII Project Phase-2 which deals with the implementation of the intelligent portion of the project comprising of switches, IP platforms, management, Internet Exchange Points and billing systems in the All-IP environment. This project, he said, is on-going.

As for the Backhaul Transmission Links whose objective was to connect land-linked countries in the region to the western and eastern submarine optical fibre cables, Martins said that all of its missing links in this project were implemented and members have being doing upgrades to the infrastructure.

Angola Telecom CEO said that the project on human capital development is being implemented through the certified centres of excellence in the region and also through the SATA Human Capital Development Workshop which is held annually to share experiences and benchmark good practices.

He said that the certified centres of excellence are Tel.One Centre for Learning (TCFL) in Zimbabwe, Instituto de Formação das Telecomunicações (IFT) in Mozambique and the Telkom SA Centre for Learning.

In his speech as new SATA chairman, the acting Managing Director of Telecom Namibia, Theo Klein said that he is committed to guide the association in the implementation of the various initiatives and projects with the assistance of member organisations.

“I wish to pledge Telecom Namibia’s commitment to SATA as the implementation of the resolutions to be adopted by the CEOs this morning requires commitment and hard work from all of us, and therefore a tall order,” Klein said.

“I am comforted that through your dedication and commitment as members of SATA and through the excellent work being done by the Executive Secretary and the entire Secretariat, we will be able to make SATA grow to meet the challenges of the ever-changing telecommunications landscape,” he added.

He said SATA has already demonstrated its proactiveness and responsiveness to modern era telecommunications challenges and to addressing the needs and aspiration of member organisations.

The new chairman expressed gratitude to the outgoing SATA chairman, João Adolfo Martins, CEO of Angola Telecom, for the “able leadership that guided SATA during the previous year” with wisdom and openness to new ideas and challenges.

The 3-day conference, which was held under the theme: “ICT for the Benefit of All: Transforming our Society through Broadband and ICT Development”, ends today.

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

8 July 2013

The annual event organised by Telecom Namibia since 2007 will be held this year at the Safari Hotel in Windhoek on August 7 to 8, 2013.

This year’s summit is anchored on the theme “ICT – New Horizons”. The theme has been designed keeping in mind the great need for focusing on issues where industry can play a greater role in nation building, create an enabling social and business environment that will impact not only job creation with multiplier effect but also has bring technologies to schools, government agencies and businesses to help them to become socially and financially inclusive and globally competitive.

Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Honourable Joel Kaapanda, is billed as Guest of Honour of the Summit, which brings together key policy makers, Government functionaries, private sector, industry leaders, academia, media and other key collaborators in the ICT sector.

The two-day event would have a galaxy of speakers deliberating on a range of issues that are of importance to Namibia and Namibian ICT sector at the present moment.

Experts will speak on improving ICT ecosystems in the country, updates on developments in the ICT sector, the opportunities, challenges, broadening ecosystem, future trends and projections for the sector and to deliberate on the future course of action to catalyze the current opportunities and carve out a future growth path through a vision / roadmap for the ICT sector in Namibia.

The importance of this event also stems from the participation of a number of ICT companies working in Namibia such as: XON, Cisco, AVM, IBM, Torque-IT and Schoemans. These companies are showcasing the latest trends in ICT products and services in addition to benefits that Namibia could reap to reach a prominent rank in this industry.

“Six national ICT summits were held in the past have been resounding successes and so this year's gathering envisions following through and building on the excellence we have established in previous summits,” said Oiva Angula, Senior Manager: Corporate Communications and Public Relations at Telecom Namibia.

“Telecommunications in Namibia – and ICT by extension - is turning to be an Essential Service that ensures smooth functioning of citizens’ daily lives and businesses, helping them to become socially and financially inclusive and globally competitive. It is now evident that by building communications’ infrastructure and services, the overall and inclusive development of the country is accelerated,” Angula further said.

The summit being a much awaited flagship event of Namibian ICT sector, over 800 participants from the industry across the country are expected to attend the Conference at Safari Hotel in Windhoek.

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