Telecommunications should spearhead development: Namibian minister

Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Namibia, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah urged the strong need to bridge the digital gap between different sections of the country's population.

Speaking at the launch of new mobile phone operator Powercom's new corporate brand and trading name, she emphasised the significance of telecom services in building the knowledge infrastructure of a society. Appropriate and affordable means of communication is essential factor for the advancement of education, health, leisure, as well as cultural and sports services. She said it was in this context that the government has been spearheading the advancement of information and communications technologies (ICT) in the country. Praising Powercom's new corporate identity being unveiled less than two months after the company was awarded the country's second GSM licence to compete with existing operator MTC, she said, 'This is the reason why government had opened up telecommunications and welcomed new players such as Powercom in the telecommunications industry'. However, minister also cautioned that competition should be in the good will of the public ensuring accessibility, affordability, equality and gender sensitiveness.