Telecom Namibia today announced the successful conclusion of its ‘Fibre to the Home’ (FTTH) service trial which run from December 2013 to 30 August 2014.
The 9-months user trial of fibre broadband connectivity to homes was conducted at the Omeya Residential and Golf Estate, some 30km south of Windhoek, to test the service and ensure stability and reliability for customers.
The trial involved 30 homes at the Omeya Residential and Golf Estate – and the results show that the service is capable of speeds of up to 120Mbps, setting a new Internet speed benchmark in the country.
Most areas in Namibia currently have ADSL and WiMAX up to 10Mbps.
Fibre optics cables were deployed to support the trial, while backbone and supporting systems were upgraded to provide a seamless offering of enhanced services to the participants in the trial phase
The trial demonstrates the commitment Telecom Namibia has to being a leader in broadband and providing the best and fastest IP and value added services to its numerous stakeholders including consumers, government and the private industries. The company has been investing heavily into fibre technology as backhaul to its powerful digital backbone infrastructure.
“FTTH, which is synonymous with high-speed broadband, is essential for economic growth, which is why we want Namibia to have the best broadband to enhance the competitiveness of local businesses and efficiency of public institutions,” said Isak ǂOuseb, Acting Head of Marketing at Telecom Namibia.
ǂOuseb said the FTTH project supports the wider Namibia’s Vision 2030, which seeks to build a knowledge-based society by the year 2030.
“High speed broadband service will enable Telecom Namibia to strengthen its position in the market. However, the overriding goal is to ensure that Namibians have access to very fast broadband as soon, as cost-effectively and as affordably as possible,” he said.
“Consumers want to be connected all the times to social networks, the Internet and their favourable apps. They also want value added services like video-on-demand, surveillance, online gaming (cloud-based), e-governance and e-education. These are very basic expectations which service providers like Telecom Namibia need to deliver on. Investing now in high-speed broadband means that Telecom Namibia will be able to deal with the escalating data demands of today and tomorrow,” he said.
ǂOuseb said that Telecom Namibia is now set and ready to begin the commercial roll-out of the service to selected areas by September this year. Telecom Namibia will be the first and only company to bring this advanced technology to residential and business customers, for the best-ever Internet experience in Namibia, he added.