6 NEWS Thursday, December 7 2017 | NEW ERA Media Release 28 November 2017 /TN527 Telecom Namibia to upgrade Speedlink broadband packages for free again; sets 1 Mbps as minimum download speed Telecom Namibia has once again added another feather in its cap. The country’s Information Communications Technology (ICT) services provider announced that it is upgrading the speeds of its Speedlink broadband products FREE of charge. The company is also introducing a minimum download speed of 1 Megabit per second (Mbps) as entry-level package nationwide, totally doing away with the 512 kbps package. Telecom Namibia is planning to upgrade the Speedlink broadband packages for both residential and business customers as follows: 512 kbps will be upgraded to 1 Mbps 1 Mbps will be upgraded to 2 Mbps 2 Mbps will be upgraded to 4 Mbps 3 Mbps will be upgraded to 4 Mbps 4 Mbps will be upgraded to 6 Mbps 6 Mbps will be upgraded to 8 Mbps 8 Mbps will be upgraded to 10 Mbps Customers with a 10 Mbps Speedlink broadband package will not be upgraded but will receive a price reduction since they are already at the threshold of the package ranges. The migration to higher speeds will take place in a phased approach commencing from 27 November 2017. The phasing out of the 512 kbps entry-level package is a freebee to customers in the year of Telecom Namibia’s Silver Jubilee celebration and an early festive season present. It also initiative to connect the country to the world at high speeds, thus meeting the broadband minimum speed set by national broadband strategy and Harambee Prosperity Plan, as well as SADC Ministerial broadband decision. Telecom Namibia upgraded customers’ Speedlink access in 2012 and again in 2014 for free to coincide with the landing of the West African Cable System (WACS) in order to facilitate access to faster internet connectivity as well as to enable customers to access rich media content such as video, music and seamless live streaming. “In today’s technology-driven world, access to high-speed internet is essential to building strong communities, growing the economy and supporting our everyday lives,” said Calvin Muniswaswa said this new initiative is a step further in ensuring that Namibia progresses at faster speeds and creates opportunities for Namibians to make economic gains using ICT services. “This is just the beginning of our broadband upgrade initiative, there will be more to come in the future,” he added. Due to the technology limitations, customers on the wireless WiMAX FDD (Frequency Division Duplex) technology will not lower prices. Telecom Namibia is in the process of deploying Time Division - Long Term Evolution (TD-LTE) networks to overcome the current WiMAX FDD limitations. Over the last few years, the expansion of Telecom Namibia’s broadband footprint and upgrade of existing infrastructure have all come together to change the very dynamics of ICT services in the country, empowering people to come on the information communication highway and enabling ordinary people and businesses to reach out to the world.
Thursday, December 7 2017 | NEW ERA NEWS 7 Police appeal to families to identify crash victims Staff Reporter Windhoek The police have called on the relatives of the people who died in a road accident, when two vehicles collided and Sunday evening, to come forward and identify the victims. The death toll has now risen to ten. According to the Namibian police spokesperson Chief Inspector Kauna Shikwambi, the accident occurred on the Okahandja to Karibib road about 20 km outside of Okahandja when a Golf and GWM collided head-on and both vehicles Shikwambi said among those that perished was a baby that died at the scene. “The victims are not yet identified as many burnt beyond recognition. We appeal to the family members of those who were involved in the accident to visit the Windhoek police mortuary and submit DNA samples for recognition purposes.” War- be contacted on 0812735188. Shikwambi reminded motorists to uphold the rules and regulations of the road and to rest when they are fatigued. Shikwambi further cautioned drivers to avoid driv- of alcohol. “Additionally, we request all to respect their own lives and exercise extreme caution and consideration when on the road.” IPPR launches ATI report Keeping watch… The executive director of the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) Graham Hopwood during the launch of the third African Governance Report (AGR) survey for Namibia, in the capital recently. Photo: Nampa WINDHOEK The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) on Tuesday launched a report that assesses the actual state of access to information (ATI) in Namibia. The report titled, ‘Access Denied: Access to Information in Namibia’ cov- recommendations on ATI. In his presentation at the launch, IPPR research associate, Frederico Links, said Namibia has legal instruments and international obligations in place that deal with ATI compliance. “The universal declaration of human rights, locally the Harambee Prosperity Plan, and many other policy and legislative papers, guarantee freedom of expression and thereby ATI,” he said. Links stressed the importance of government and the private sector in acting on the obligations making sure that ATI is prioritised. Findings of the report show that 80 percent of all organisations and institutions did not respond or could not provide the information requested. “While probably largely this study are nevertheless still hugely interesting and instructive,” states the report. The report shows that out of the 14 regions, only Erongo responded with information requested within a reasonable time. Speaking at the same event, IPPR executive director Graham Hopwood said ATI plays an important role in tackling corruption. “Corruption thrives in environments of secrecy,” he said. Hopwood added that by creating and adhering to an accountable and transparent code of governance, entities lose the capacity to obscure corrupt acts. “The Access to Information Bill is currently to be implemented, and it will mark the beginning of realising the full access to information in Namibia.” The report recommends, among others, that the draft Access to Information Bill, which was crafted with significant civil society input in 2016, ultimately be submitted to parliament. In addition, it further recommends that relevant Namibian state authorities National Information Policy of 2016. – Nampa OSHAKATI The Oshakati Magistrate’s Court on Monday sentenced N,000 of which N,000 was suspended for a period of three years for fraud. Magistrate Helena Ekandjo granted the N,000 fine suspension on condition that Petrus is not convicted of fraud during the period of suspension. Petrus, 49, was sentenced for fraud committed at the Ackermans shop at the Oshana Mall in Ongwediva on October 13. Ackermans suffered a loss of over N,800 following a credit agreement that Petrus entered into with the shop, using an identity document which does not belong to him. He presented the identity document belonging to Iyambo Shakela Mbala. Petrus was also sentenced to a name (Iyambo Shakela Mbala) at Ongwediva on October 14. Prosecutor Chrisna Masule represented the state, while Petrus was defended by Melvin Nyambe from Shikongo Law Chambers. - Nampa